Welcome to the first installment of “Today is Friday…”
Those that are on or have been on my team know what these words mean – “Today is Friday…” You hear me say it Friday after Friday after Friday. You soon learn to love hearing it.
What does this phrase mean for me and my team?
The obvious meaning is, today is Friday. It’s the last workday of the week and the beginning of a long awaited weekend and we are intentional about this time.
In my office, we use our Fridays to settle down. All week long I’ve been very aggressive with my team to accomplish more and to work hard in anticipation of Friday. We treat Friday as if we are all going on vacation for 2 days and won’t be available until the following Monday. We focus on the things that matter most to close out the week as well as the things that won’t have us returning to chaos. I feel it’s important to leave my team on a good note so that they want to come back on Monday.
Our Friday meeting agenda never includes negative items. There are no mistakes to review, no missed deadlines to discuss, and no corrective measures. We’ve done that all week and I feel the team needs at least one day free of abuse. Each week I like to provide my team with some practical tips and inspiration to help close out their week and help them enjoy a well deserved 2 day weekend. What do you think? Could you use one? How about your teams?
Today is Friday! Why don’t you make it count?
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