4 Steps to a More Strategic Fall, 2015
The summer is over and a great one it was! Welcome to September… it’s time to re-group.
This is the time of the year that I review, plan and regroup. I typically spend the summer months analyzing my year gone by. I look at my own goals and plans and take the time to regroup personally.
But as September opens it’s also a great time to do the same with my team, department or organization. We are all rested, coming off a typically quieter time and ready to go. So it’s time to look at the current status of work in progress and plan or re-plan for the next month, quarter or year.
Here are 4 steps to help you towards a more prosperous Fall, 2015.
1. Review. Look back at the minutes of your more important meetings over the past year. Review the plans you made a year ago. Pull out your strategic plan and score yourself on your execution success (or failure). Take a moment to think about what you wanted to do this past year and what you actually accomplished.
2. Re-plan. Where are you going over the next 12 months? Is the plan realistic? Are you equipped? Do we have enough time?
3. Re-group. It’s time to gather the team together and talk about steps 1 and 2. Review what you all wanted to do and how you did. Plan the next 12 months together and renew your team’s commitment to the plan. The key to your team’s success is your ability to communicate with them today and throughout the year. Keep everyone on track and on course with a new commitment to clear, succinct and honest communication.
This is also a good time to possibly air out some dirty laundry – get the junk out and over with. Everyone is rested and rejuvenated so there is no better time. Do we need to re-jig the team slightly? Are there some weak points? Are we vulnerable in any way? This is the time to look at the team and make sure we are best positioned for success.
4. Re-budget. For some us, this is also a good time to review the budget. Depending on your fiscal year, you may still have an opportunity to pull off a fiscally successful year for all.
This is a great time of the year for me. I come out of the summer rejuvenated, rested and ready for another round. It’s time to pull my team together and get back on the same page.
Welcome to September.