The Thanksgiving break is over and we’ve only a few short weeks to wind down our 2016 responsibilities and position ourselves for the start of a New Year.
In anticipation of 2017, most of us have our plans in place and we’re ready to move on, but I say, hold on a second!
If you feel your business is under control and you feel you can wind things down – don’t! If you begin to lighten up now, your followers will soon follow. Productivity will go in the tank and bad habits are formulated.
My leadership tip for you this week is to encourage you to not fall in the trap of coasting into next year. This year is not over and there is still plenty of work to do.
Think about this quote from professional writer Sam Ewig; “It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.”
Let’s finish strong … you’ve got time; here are a few suggestions to squeeze a little more out of this year.
1. Go through your 2016 – planner and identify any forgotten item on your ‘to-do list’ that never got carried forward. Decide if you should revive the item.
2. Go through your 2016 – planner and identify someone who you should call. A customer, a vendor or someone who you’ve not been in contact with lately … you need to keep those relationships.
3. Identify 3 – people in your organization that you should spend a minimum of an hour each with to teach them something new.
What else can you do that would be of great value before the year ends?
I’m all for taking a break and spending quality time with family and friends this month. However, let’s maintain a high level of passion, intensity and work ethic through this period.
I’ve said it before, and I remind you now; coasting is not allowed on the road to success.