I am not sure "celebration" is the desired diction. Celebrating behavior can lead to a reinforcement of bad tactics and strategy. It can also allow denial of reality to creep into the organizational culture.
We have satellites, computers, cell phones, automobiles, and think because of the nifty technology, the nature ofman has changed. I contend that the nature of man has not changed much over at least 5000 years.
So I look to the ancients for guidance in such topics as how to treat success and failure. No Republican Roman general who was defeated in battle was celebrated or promoted. Neither were the legionnaires who survived the defeat.
But neither was the failing commander punished. The legionnaires who survived were expected to learn an object lesson through their fallen comrades.
Sometimes patience can be confused with inaction. This is not always so. During the 2nd Punic War, when Hannibal crossed the Italian peninsula with impunity after decisively defeating two Roman armies (at Lake Trasimene and Cannae), the Senate and people of Rome clamored for decisive action and a military victory. Quintus Fabius Maximus was appointed dictator and it fell to him to lead the armies against Hannibal. Despite strong urgings to attack, Fabius elected to proceed with "active defense" (read that as retreats). He held the remaining army intact. Because of his patience, the Roman army was not further destroyed and it laid the foundations to rebuild over time. Eventually, the Carthaginians were annihilated. It was not so much inaction (though Fabius was accused of this) as reevaluating, rebuilding, and reorganizing -- it worked.
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