Having a nice restful break is a great thing. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the year that was, and to think about the upcoming year. I have some big challenges ahead next year as most others do as well.
This next year needs to be different for me. I need to think differently, act differently and lead differently. My management is expecting a breakthrough result, but the good news is I believe I have a plan.
While I can’t discuss the plan, I can describe some of the key considerations I made going into the development of the plan. These elements are answering the “why” question, developing a clear set of expectations (down to every team member from Day 1 of the new year) for higher levels of performance, strategies for rewarding team members who rise to the challenge as well as plans to deal with those who don’t make it (and that’s OK) and developing the metrics to figure out how we are doing.
Answering the “why” question is probably the most important part to get right. People will want to know why this plan, why we need a certain result, among other things. From there they will be able to better connect to the plan once it is communicated.
I will keep track of my progress here and share any lessons learned. No doubt there will be some.