I learned a new word today.
auspicate (AW-spi-keyt) verb: to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate.
Reminded me of the high rank of initiation and commencement ceremonies on a leader’s planner and task list. I need to recognize and celebrate achievements that bring staff to the next level, such as educational degrees, training certifications, board certifications, promotions, and even company changes. I need to celebrate appropriately, i.e. make celebrations commensurate to the work involved in the achievement and celebrate equally with staff members to avoid favoritism.
I don’t auspicate for good luck, but for recognition, showing appreciation, and inaugurating a new path or a new level for the staff member or the organization. Appropriate recognition helps the individual develop a sense of appropriate pride in himself. As the team rallies around him, they develop a healthy group image, a sense of teamwork, and respect for the leadership!
A staff that auspicates together creates a sense of expectation. They draw a line by which they will measure those expectations. “How much more effective is our organization since I was promoted?” “What an amazing difference our change in mission statement has made!” “In this new facility, we can help so many more people!”
While keeping staff focused on the vision ahead, leaders lay markers along the trail so that everyone remembers where they started, recalls the blessing of God along the way, measures growth fairly, and learns from mistakes.