How Have You Done This First Quarter?

Screen Shot 6LET’S DO A REALITY CHECK. Here are seven questions to review your leadership priorities and productivity for the past three months. You have nine more months to achieve your goals in 2015. So, if you need to do a course correction, now’s the time![message type=”custom” width=”100%” start_color=”#D8D8D8″ end_color=”#D8D8D8″ border=”#BBBBBB” color=”#333333″]

  1. What were some victories?
    Hopefully you had a few: They need not be grand slams; rather small successes that are moving you forward. Let your team savor and enjoy them. Also reflect on what enabled those victories and how can they be applied to other areas of your business.
  2. What were some disappointments?
    I’m not suggesting you obsess on them – everyone makes mistakes. At the same time don’t ignore them – learn from them. There is an advantage in doing post mortems to find the causes, the lessons learned and what you will do differently.
  3. What do you need to let go?
    Don’t stubbornly cling to practices, relationships and projects that have never reached critical mass. We persist in the wrong things out of habit and fear of admitting failure. Now is a good time to free up needed resources by letting go of the unproductive, vexing or wasteful. You’ll find the practice freeing.
  4. Who shines and delivers?
    Are you taking care of your best performers? Do you even know who they are? You can ensure their engagement and retention by giving them the appropriate appreciation and recognition. Sometimes we take those who deliver for granted and inadvertently damage the relationship.
  5. Whose performance isn’t up to par?
    In reality, not all employees perform equally, and we often waste time with those who disappoint us. Evaluate whom you need to improve or replace to make your organization more efficient and profitable.
  6. Are there danger signs ahead?
    It is human nature to play by the belief, “it won’t happen to me.” I’m not suggesting paranoia, but if you know it will eventually rain, what are you doing today to prepare? Look around you and ask: What are some threats that could derail your organization. Take steps to avoid what you can and develop a contingency plan for what you can’t.
  7. What are the greatest opportunities?
    Just as we may ignore threats, so can we miss the opportunities around us. We are sometimes so busy trying to create opportunities that we don’t see that ones that already exist. Again look around you and ask: What are the biggest opportunities for you and your team going forward? How can we take advantage of them?[/message]

Smart Moves Tip:

A reality check is a powerful tool when it leads to a change in attitude, behavior and/or direction. The big question is:  “What to do now to re-calibrate?  Is it your business or strategic plan; your processes and systems; your leadership or talent players that you need to focus on in order to move forward with your 2015 goals?

Are you a leader in an organization that is going through substantial change? If so, take a look at another of my posts, Change Management Lessons From Dr. Seuss.  Change Management: Lessons From Dr Seuss. Want to know more, let’s talk?

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Marcia Zidle
Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, is a national known board certified coach and keynote leadership speaker who guides organizations that are planning, or in the midst of, ambitious growth and change. As a career strategist, she works with professionals, managers and executives who want to build • shape • brand • change • vitalize their careers. She’s been selected by LinkedIn’s ProFinder as one of the best coaches for 2016!Her clients range from private owned businesses to mid-market companies to professional service firms to NGO’s. With 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience, she brings an expertise in executive and team leadership; employee engagement and innovation; personal and organization change; career building and development; emotional and social intelligence. Your Future Starts Now With Marcia!
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