Now to Thanksgiving

 John Ruh   Business Planning


This is our “Must Do List” to be accomplished between now and Thanksgiving.

We all know it is extremely difficult to keep focused and complete projects between Thanksgiving and the New Year. So we developed:

Our Top 5 Must Do’s

  1. Priority One: Client Care
    Take care of customers by delivering a superior product or service and communication. This is the foundation of success. (This might be the best marketing we can do to secure our future.)
    Completion date: Now
  2. Comprehensive Continuous Improvement List
    In order to improve and frame our future, it is critical everyone is crystal clear about our priorities. Clarify projects that must be completed between now and Thanksgiving. Why? It’s simple: Change or die. Your continuous improvement projects list needs to be public and reviewed weekly.
    Note: Ask us how to do this and/or meet with one of our C.I. project managers. We can also provide you with a form to use that will make this easier.
    Completion date: Now
  3. Do an anonymous company-wide survey to give all stakeholders a voice in assessing this year and planning next year.
    This is a step most of us skip. We need to stop, review, and complete this year instead of just having one year run into the next. We need a process approach on assessing and planning. Why? Worldwide research (ask for this report if you want it) indicates over 50% of one’s staff needs time to process and review to go forward effectively.
    Completion date: By Thanksgiving or earlier if you are a very large group of people.
  4. At Thanksgiving/Holiday provide sincere “thank you’s” to all stakeholders that have contributed to this year.
    2 Reasons why:

    1. It costs very little to say thank you and it is a thoughtful, personal way to express our gratitude to those who brought us to where we are today.
    2. Normally, 50% of our staff people are high on the “people” side of the equation. They want and need to hear that they are appreciated. Doing this, as a process, can be the start of enrolling their support for 2020 (and increases the possibility of retaining them).
  5. Take Care of Yourself
    We cannot be effective leaders for others unless we first ensure that we are taking care of ourselves. As the flight attendant says, “Put the mask on yourself first!”

Thanksgiving to December 31st
When we have done the above well, we are ready to design and package a great game plan for next year to support and achieve our vision, mission and values.