Wrap up 2011 to make the new year bright
by Amy Beth Miller, editor, Communication Briefings
In the waning days of 2011, you can coast along or you can set yourself up for a great start to 2012. Wrap up the year with these preparations:
- Update your files. Archive or discard old documents and set up the folders you will need in 2012. Review your contact database to ensure the information is up to date, and add people you have missed to your social networks.
- Set the course for your staff. Even if your organization doesn’t conduct year-end evaluations, schedule time to talk with every team member. Be sure that they understand what they must do to succeed in the year ahead. Review your organization, team and individual goals.
- Map out your year. Fill in your calendar before others take over your time. Set times to work on your goals, coach your staff and take your vacations. Do that now and you won’t fall into the trap of being “too busy” later.
- Revive relationships. Don’t carry conflict over into the new year. If you have had difficulty with a co-worker, invite the person to coffee and clear the air. Example: “I feel like we have been competing for the past several months, and I’d like for us to work together going forward.” Admit your part in the situation and commit to change.
When you walk in the office on Jan. 2, you will be ready to move forward.
Last month’s question
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