2011 At the Half: Revisit Your Roadmap
July means a trip to the beach for many people, but for forward-thinking leaders the month represents an ideal time to revisit the drawing board and check in on goals and objectives.
Carving out the time to do this kind of review might sound like a luxury you can't afford given your hectic schedule.
But we'll bet that if you look closely enough at that Outlook calendar, you'll find an hour somewhere in the next week or so that you can set aside for yourself. Reflect on the following key areas:
- Personal growth. Remember those ambitious plans you set for yourself in January – finding a mentor, attending a workshop? How many have you achieved? What will it take to accomplish them between now and December?
- Career goals. Have you been able to translate on-the-job experience into a new skill set? Don't short-change yourself. Also, look for new opportunities to develop experiences and skills that will prepare you for your next role.
- Team goals. What objectives did you establish for your team this year? Just as important, are you living up to your commitments to your staff?
No doubt things will gather steam once summer fades into fall. That's why summer slowdowns provide ideal time for reflection.