In the Teamraderie experience, we discussed rituals having three components – occasion, intention, and action.
An occasion is a particular time marked by certain circumstances. A birthday, the start of a meeting, the end of a workday.
An intention is how you want people to feel when engaging in a ritual – such as calm, excitement, curiosity, or focus.
An action is what happens during a ritual – such as closing eyes, clapping, wearing hats.
Rituals go beyond practical purpose (they have a meaning beyond the explicit); handshakes used to be a way to show you do not have a weapon, but now they are about showing connection.
Here’s an exercise for your team:
Ask your team to each share a “ritual” that they’ve observed in their daily lives. Ask them to share what the ritual is – and what the ritual is beyond the practical purpose (e.g., morning shower is not just about hygiene).
Let’s revise (or create a new team ritual). Step 1, let’s think about on ‘occasion’ or a ‘transition’ – such as the beginning of a workday/work week, or the introduction of a new person to the team. Think about a milestone that we hit; rituals can help milestones be recognized. Step 2, let’s think about ‘intention’ – which can be showing gratitude for good work or to acknowledge peoples’ presence. Finally, think about the ‘action’ you want to use. Movements, gestures, sounds, claps, poses, props or other things can be simple ways to arrive at an action. Be willing to experiment (do iterations on the ritual) to ensure your ritual addresses the objective of getting people to feel the way you want them to feel.