Gift cards, bottles of wine, books and apparel are all nice – but ultimately these are gifts for the individuals on the team. What can be given to the team to show your appreciation and gratitude for a job well done?
That which you cannot hold, but instead can feel, is the most valued gift of all.
Giving others a coffee cup, new computer bag or chocolates shows your appreciation. Defining who we are together, however, strengthens bonds and builds a pride that energizes collective hearts.
Just after the team unwraps the token of your appreciation, ask them to consider their answer to one (or several) of the 9 Questions to Gift to Your Team:
- How have we become stronger as a team?
- Who on this team called the rest of us to a higher level of excellence?
- What situation tested us as a team?
- Why do you believe we have succeeded?
- How did being on this team make you stronger as a professional?
- At what challenging moment did we model our values – and persevere?
- What did you learn about your teammates that amazes you?
- What quality do we possess as a team that differentiates us?
- What value do you gain from being on this team?
The greatest gifts are usually those that cannot be purchased but only created. Your team produced something only they could have achieved. Who has your team become in the process that is worth celebrating?