I find it a bit strange when people get appointments and throw a party to celebrate. I have attended a few..I can’t even lie. But I have never quite understood the idea behind celebrating a job that you have not started.
Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I recall that people had retirement parties. A congregation of well wishers, colleagues, friends and family who would come to celebrate you leaving an organisation after successfully spending at least two or three decades in various roles.
So I then wonder how one can celebrate a role that they have not begun.
Yes I know you will say it is Thanksgiving. But I think it is rather premature.
We need to begin to see a promotion or appointment as a responsibility more than an elevation.
I recall visiting a much older senior family friend who had gotten promoted and saw her reading a book titled: how to deal with an unexpected promotion. Or something like that.
This was quite a sight. I was impressed.
It was obvious that the most important thing to her was succeeding in this new role and succeed she did…Breaking records and bringing a much needed discipline and drive to a failing organisation.
Another older associate was reading a book that prepared him for a rumoured appointment…Which he never got. But guess what…He us ready if it happens today.
Another time he was reading a book on how to run elections before election season.
I dont know about you, but I get a certain level of anxiety when I am appointed to do a job. I am nervous and worried about failing especially when I have been highly recommended or have made commitments.
I begin to plan weeks ahead and when eventually it is officially announced, I am able to hit the ground running.
The job is only worthy of a celebration when the task is completed…And excellently too.