With the holidays now behind us this last week of the year can be spent taking stock of the year AND planning for 2011. You can reflect on the year and begin to set goals for the new year by asking yourself the following questions:
-Did I accomplish my goals for the year?
-What were my biggest accomplishments?
-What were my biggest challenges?
-What were my biggest lessons learned?
-What do I need to let go of in order to start the new year off on a the right foot?
-What are my top goals for 2011?
-How can I prioritize my goals for 2011?
-How can I measure if I reach those goals?
I hope that these questions help you in understanding what worked and didn’t work for the year as well as helps you plan for the new year!
Is your business slow during the month of December as your clients are preparing for the holidays and your employees are focused on their time off? If so how do you ensure that you are still maximizing your business potential during this slow time? Here are a few tips on what to do:
Close out any last minute deals or details that you can. If you have any sales or targets that you haven’t achieved then put your full attention on them now while there is a little bit of down time. In January things will go into full swing again so there will be no time to finish these things up
Spend time with your employees. Focus on reviews for your employees as well as rewarding and congratulating them on what was accomplished or working with them to set new targets for the new year. Taking time at the end of the year to cherish your employees, coworkers, and clients shows them their value and what is truly important - the relationships that you have built with them.
Plan for the new year. If you have down time use it wisely. Begin to set your goals and plans for 2011. With less than a month left of the year it is perfect time to reflect on what you accomplished this year and make plans on what is most important to you next year. Put down your major goals and work with your team/clients to ensure that you have the best plan in place for a great 2011.
Take some time off. If you are like so many you work hard during the year and now is a time to spend with family and friends enjoying the holiday season. It is a time to rejoice, give back, and truly revel in the goodness and kindness of those around you. Take that time when you have to really spend with those you care for.
I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of the holiday season!
With the economy going up and down in the last couple of years businesses have had to be nimble and resilient to ensure that they stayed afloat or prospered in this environment. Leadership in a time of change can be a career maker or a career breaker. How can you make sure that it a career maker? In order to progress in times when the environment is shifting all around you need to do the following:
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.