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Peo­ple have long used cer­e­monies

— bar mitz­vahs, bap­tisms, wed­dings, in­au­gu­ra­tions, quinceañeras — to mark changes and turn­ing points. Com­pa­nies have cer­e­monies too, but they of­ten fo­cus on cel­e­brat­ing the pos­i­tive: birth­days, work an­niver­saries, pro­mo­tions, and project vic­to­ries.

Th­ese types of recog­ni­tion are

im­por­tant and shouldn’t stop, but com­pa­nies should con­sider us­ing cel­e­bra­tions to help peo­ple through hard times. This can be a pow­er­ful way to mark dif­fi­cul­ties, ac­knowl­edge dark pas­sages, honour those who have made sac­ri­fices or ex­pe­ri­enced hard­ship, and help peo­ple move on.

You may not pop a bot­tle of

cham­pagne af­ter a dif­fi­cult re­org, but you might gather as a group and read your mis­sion state­ment aloud or hold a mock fu­neral for the past (as Steve Jobs did at the 2002 World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence, to mark the end of the Mac’s OS 9).

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