Must absolutely, positively create vision and goals that excite us. During this hectic time of year when you are dealing with day-today business issues, Thanksgiving and Christmas break/distractions completing the end of year matters and more, it may seem like a task that can wait. However, this task is critical and it takes time to do it right.
Here is what I’m doing to prepare for the New Year.
- Each November I do my annual leadership review of my year (Personal and Professional Development Plan). I get honest, open feedback from my partners. Below is what I sent to them.
- Over the Thanksgiving break I formulate my annual goals. This includes all my goals and plans.
- In December I test the goals to make sure they feel right. I finalize them by 12/31.
- In January I blast off…ready to activate the new plan.
It is a process that takes time, (you can’t rush this) but it focuses me and it works. (Note: It may also be disruptive to your ego and cause some anxiety. Work through it. It is a great continuous improvement process.) I refine it as I go along, examining it during weekly and monthly reviews. It really is quite easy once you get into the habit of doing it.
- What do I do well and should keep doing?
- What am I doing that I should stop?
- What do you see are my key strengths and how should I capitalize on them?
- How do you see us partnering better in upcoming year?
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Written by John Ruh
John M. Ruh and Associates are mission based business advisors who partner with growth oriented leaders to create the right P.S.T. support: the right People, the right Structure and the right Tools.