What Are Your Goals This Year?

Written by Katie Carr Miller

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on what went well the previous year and what we could have done better as an organization, leader, business partner, individual contributor, manager…

And, as we make these assessments, creating an organized and measurable action plan for the coming year can establish three very important elements for all: 1) a sense of purpose, which can build motivation and energy; 2) a focus for the year that creates unity and camaraderie; and 3) clarity as to priorities for the year so that each individual contributor understands how their decisions effect the organization.

Take the time this month to ask the following questions of yourself and others and then establish goals and measurable actions for 2015 that will build the purpose, focus, and clarity for your organization, office, and leadership team. Invite everyone into a conference room and ask the group:

  • What went well in 2014? Why?
  • What could we have done better?
  • What are the three most important goals for us in 2015? Why?
  • What will these goals provide us that is critical to our growth, mission, and overall vision?
  • Who will lead the execution of these goals?
  • What support will they need from others to succeed?
  • How often will we check in throughout the year to ensure the goals remain relevant and that we are progressing toward successful achievement?
  • How will we hold ourselves accountable in reaching these goals?

And, most importantly, once these goals have been set, share them with the entire team.  Talk about them regularly and openly.  Provide quarterly updates to everyone as to progress throughout the year.  They will only have meaning if everyone knows what they are!