7  ̴  Ceremony Requires Sacrifice

Sacrifice: something given up for the sake of a better cause.

Ceremony requires sacrifice.

All ceremonies have a cost, a price for the participants to be involved. Perhaps the biggest sacrifice ceremonies demand is your focus and attention. Turn off the cell phones. Quiet your mind. Be focused on the work at hand.

The time, money, and energy required to prepare and participate in a ceremony is a sacrifice. It should be recognized and treated as such. A wedding guest may travel thousands of miles and spend substantial amounts of money to participate in a wedding ceremony. Their sacrifice is an integral part of their emotional connection to the ceremony.

The higher the price paid, the deeper the emotional attachment to the group. This is why hazing rituals work, and why, even after all of these years of trying, colleges can’t make them go away, because they work. Recognizing that hazing works is not an endorsement, just an observation on why it is so difficult to make it go away.

In the case of a cockpit ceremony, the sacrifice is obvious. The pilot and co-pilot spent significant time meticulously checking switches together for each flight. The sacrifice in the announcement ceremony is equally real, immediately giving your full attention to the announcer.

Even a short daily ceremony is a signifiant sacrifice over the course of a year. For example, a team of eight people attending a 15-minute long, daily status ceremony consumes more than 500 work hours each year, simply to run one short daily ceremony.

We must continually ask ourselves, Is the ceremony worth the sacrifice? The sacrifice is real. The value delivered by the ceremony must be equally real.


A ceremony is ritualized social interaction to complete an element of work, requiring sacrifice.

Social: interaction between people with respect to collective co-existence. A ceremony is a ritualized social interaction between multiple participants to complete an element of work. Anyone involved in the ceremony is considered a participant. A ceremony always has two or more participants performing two or more roles. The Announcement Ceremony mentioned…
Positive Emotional Energy: a deep feeling of belonging, contentment, and unity which motivates to produce an effect A typical business process or procedure is considered successful if it simply delivers the required result. We demand significantly more of ceremony: A ceremony leaves its participants with positive emotional energy. You can…

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