We‘re just a few short weeks away from glorious fireworks displays, champagne toasts and the start of a new year. And it‘s going to be a good one. Probably your best, if you‘re prepared.
The last few weeks of the year are the ideal time to look back over the previous business year to assess what worked, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with the New Year.
You have a year‘s worth of data so prepare a short statement of achievements, lessons learned and how you can leverage what you have learned to fuel expansion in 2012
It‘s natural to protect ‘your‘ initiatives, ideas and positions BUT, as you analyse performance metrics for 2011, be honest with yourself. It‘s hard but it‘s essential to admit setbacks and learn from them. Numbers don‘t lie.
Organise a holiday celebration.
The end-of-year party is a terrific morale booster, especially when you use the occasion to praise loudly. (Leave the quiet criticism for January. It‘s a party.)
If you are a manager, this is an opportunity to praise the performance of specific individuals and to hand out special ‘bonuses‘ like gift cards and other thank-you incentives.
Something I recommend: invite clients to the holiday celebration. Again, this builds good will and creates a ‘personal‘ bond within a business context. Get to know your clients on a face-to-face level over holiday cheer. And, if you want to maximise the impact, be sure to invite partners.
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