Clearing the Deck for Smoother Sailing
beginning of a new calendar year is a great opportunity to look ahead
to “clear the decks” in preparation for a successful year.
Organize now and reap the benefits all year long.
Everyone On Board: Pirates
knew what business they were in and every pirate knew what was
expected of him. Do all of your colleagues know your organization’s
purpose and how they are expected to contribute to it?
you expect the very best from your people unless they fully understand
what business you are in, what is expected of each of them and why?
Plan now to frequently clarify
and confirm your purpose and expectations with each colleague so as to
get everyone on board.
the Treasures: We pirates
found long ago that the more treasures we shared, the more treasures
we found. How do you
reward performance? Today, adequate compensation is important, but it
is not enough. Once people have money, they want more than money.
They want to be respected and to have their contributions to the
organization recognized. How well do you communicate appreciation to
your colleagues? Do they know that you appreciate them? How might
you better show appreciation for people’s efforts? Do you
demonstrate respect for your colleagues at every opportunity? How can
you do better?
activities does your organization do best, that provide positive
benefits to your customers? What aspects of this work can you do
better? If you think that you have no need to improve, someone,
probably a new competitor, will prove you wrong. It is only a matter
Strategy: The most
successful pirates were innovators, appearing when and where least
expected to capture ships without fighting. Do your have a strategy
that capitalizes on your strengths while negating those of your
competitors? Will it enable you to avoid intensive price-based
your practices and procedures from the point of view of your customers
and employees. What practices no longer work for you? What practices
might actually now be detrimental to serving your customers? What
practices make life more difficult for your employees?
relationships are no longer contributing to your success? How can you
free up the time or energy expended in maintaining such relationships? What
relationships are valuable to you? How can you make them more valuable
to all other parties involved in them? How else can you strengthen
relationships could contribute to your success? What steps do you need
to take to start building those relationships?
Colleagues’ Skills: Are you
focused on discovering each colleague’s greatest strengths and
preferred type of work? Do you understanding how you can best
capitalize on these skills and preferences? Are you overly focused on
their weaknesses? How productive is that?
Your Time Management (80/20 rule): Set aside
a few minutes to take a look at how you manage your personal and work
habits. Undoubtedly, you are busy, but busy doing what? What
activities do you involve yourself in that do not contribute to your
highest priorities? Set yourself a goal of finding an additional half
an hour every week to devote to your highest priority.
Demographics: Take a
ride on the public transit. Stroll through different neighborhoods,
visit different stores. Look around you. Are the demographics
changing? How will such changes impact on your organization? Are the
demographics of your customers changing? If not, are you missing out
on new markets? Are the demographics of your employees changing?
Should they be?
With a new
year dawning will you choose to generate more of what you have had in
the past year, or will you raise the bar for your organization. Choose
wisely, and in a year from now, you could be looking back on a year of
smooth sailing and rich treasures!
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