We’re winding down the month of January, and I hope this first 30 days of 2016 have treated you and your company well. We all set a variety of resolutions, both personal and professional. Often, one or the other can fall victim to the push and pull of everyday life, and without intending to give up, we let our goals slide away. If you’re still on track for your accomplishments, congratulations. If you’ve missed a few benchmarks or are struggling to motivate yourself, remember that you still 11 months left to get back on the horse. Either, way, here are a few tips on keeping up the momentum.
1) Find accountability – If you’re a business leader, remember that even those on top need sage advice and strong relationships if you plan to make your company’s goals a reality. Reach out to your top executives first and give each of them a list of tasks to use for the team members they manage. As much as your schedules allow, try to meet with each executive/manager once a month or quarter to discuss progress and offer an open-door policy for questions or concerns. Another way to maintain accountability is to find a few business leaders or friends in your network who you can discuss your goals with in a healthy, noncompetitive manner. Mentors are also an excellent resource.
2) Involve all members of your team – The first way you can do this is have your executive assistant set aside a one to two-hour meeting each month for a company-wide meeting to discuss goals and benchmarks. Have your assistant send it out in the form of a recurring calendar invite in your email system (Microsoft Outlook, etc). Make it mandatory for each team member to attend and provide a call-in number for telecommuters or those out of town for various business trips. Make each meeting half information and half team member Q&A and/or discussion.
3) Celebrate when benchmarks/goals are met – These rewards do not have to cut into your budget, but find ways to celebrate with your team member once every few months when a major goal or benchmark is checked off. Even if it’s something as simple as a catered lunch or letting them off an hour early on Friday, you’ll build morale and enthusiasm for what’s next.
Best of luck!