I have spent the last quarter traveling around and helping leaders with strategic planning, and getting their teams ready for 2015. The greatest challenge we all face is lack of time and a great strategic plan really helps us focus on the high priority items. We don’t want to get to the end of the year and realize that we were so busy fighting fires that we accomplished less than we wanted to on our key objectives for our business and teams.
As you close out the year strong, please spend some time thinking about areas in your business that you need to reprioritize focus on, and jot down specific actions you will take. Let these questions work to trigger ideas and actions. I hope you find the information helpful, and if you do, please share with others who may benefit.
Do I have the right people on my team, in the right positions? Am I maximizing their strengths?
Does everyone on my team understand their role and purpose for their position?
Do they understand the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of our company?
Are they clear on their roles and responsibilities?
Are people getting better over time? Are they currently working on developing themselves personally and professionally? How can I support this effort?
Do I know how my employees are feeling about the organization and their role specifically? What are their career aspirations, and how can I help develop them to achieve these aspirations? Am I spending enough time developing my leaders to achieve their next level of responsibility?
Do they feel like they can come and talk with me about what is not going well, and I will support and guide them, versus criticize and judge them? Can they be honest with me about what I am not doing well, so I can also improve?
Do I have a clear plan in place for the new year, and the right people in place to execute this plan? Can I articulate this plan to others? Are others involved and leading strategic initiatives? What are my top 3-5 priorities for the business for this quarter, and am I making progress?
Where am I stuck, what is holding me back personally? What is holding me back operationally? What are some first steps I can take towards overcoming these issues?
Are my resources aligned and organized around accomplishing our strategic objectives, or is it time to evaluate this?