I thought it would be useful to share 7 of the areas you may wish to keep an eye on this year, whether you are a leader, a team member or growing a business. As you think about each area, consider what is important about this for you:
- Creating more effective meetings – how much time are you spending in meetings? How much of it is productive? Check out the past posts on meetings I’ve covered this year
- Building in more time to pause and reflect – the world is not slowing down, and probably neither are you. What windows are you creating to do proactive, strategic thinking? What will help you stop, and pause, so you can take more focused action?
- Fitting in the things that are important by scheduling them in – Drucker wrote “What doesn’t get scheduled, doesn’t get done”. It’s highly unlikely that we will magically have more open space in our calendars, so what would it be like to experiment with scheduling in key activities well in advance so they may have space. This can include learning, collaboration and relationship building, self-care etc.
- Discernment – Late last year I wrote about the critical skill set of discernment. What is important about this skill for you?
- Keeping an eye on your vision and your WHY? IN today’s business context it’s likely that things are rapidly changing, and that the ups and downs feel more like turbulence. Even with significant change, hopefully our vision and WHY keep us grounded and help guide us forward. Keeping an eye on these big picture items can be very supportive and ease out the changes.
- Building in regular renewal cycles – We know from high performance research that a rest can be as important as pushing things. High performance athletes build in time to renew after a big match or competition. While you may just be coming off a rest period, where else is it important to build in another rest cycle?
- Focusing on relationships and results – At the heart of a successful business is results. In order to get results we need clarity around goals as well as being clear on relationships. Too much focus on results without a focus on relationships may burn people out over time. Too much focus on relationships without a focus on results leads to a lot of feeling good, but things not getting done. What's the balance for you and your team this year?
With best wishes,
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