At the end of each year, we as leaders must absolutely, positively create exciting vision and goals. This empowers us and our troops. At the end of the year when you are dealing with day-to-day business issues, enjoying holiday distractions, completing the end-of-year accounting and more, it may seem like a task that can wait. However, as an effective leader, it’s critical to take the time to do it right.
Here is what I do to prepare for another new year.
Each November, I do my annual Ruh’s Advanced Leadership Program review. I welcome and receive honest, open feedback from my partners.
During Thanksgiving break, I formulate my RALP goals for the coming year. This includes my business goals and plans, too.
In December, I test the goals to make sure they feel right. I finalize them by the end of the month.
In January, I blast off…ready to activate the new plan!
This is a process that takes time. It focuses me, and it works. 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 is quite easy once you get into the habit of doing it.
I’m curious what you do to prepare for the new year, and why. Please share your process.
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