This is always a quiet week in the office. Many people take time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. So the phone rings less and the e-mail stream slows down. Yet, having done this work for nearly thirty years, I have known many leaders who pause during the final days of the new year and reflect. They ask themselves the following questions:
What has worked and what has not worked?
Where were we successful and where did we mess up?
What can we do differently next year in order to improve?
The best leaders I know understand Ralph Waldo Emerson when he wrote: “The ancestor of every action is a thought." And the best leaders spend a lot of time thinking about those thoughts. If the goal is not just to get things done, but to build a strategic management mindset which is owned and understood by those who work operationally and strategically, then this is the week to take stock of how well that mindset is developing.
Once you haven taken stock, then prepare to roll-out a new core message for the coming new year. When we connect this mindset to recent success and recent lessons learned from failure, then we are build a united whole within the company.
This week, do the heavy, internal lifting and reflect on how well you and your organization is getting better and where it needs more clarity and strength. Once you have done this, keep moving forward.
Enjoy the last days of 2015. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2016!