As we come to the end of the calendar year, I have one question for you.
What do you want to be known for in 2014?
It seems like a simple question on one hand. Yet, with further reflection, it is actually quite important and can be complex, too.
First, the answer to this question and your current strategic plan should be in alignment, i.e. the outcomes of your strategic plan and the answer to the above question should both line up.
Second, your quarterly expectations, goals and priorities as a leader should be moving in the direction of your answer to this important question.
Third, every strategic review should be focused on helping your organization to move more efficiently and effectively toward this answer.
So, this week, step back from the day to day work, and answer the above question. Then check on alignment between your answer and your current strategic plan. This is another great way to prepare for the new year.