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According to survey
participants in a worldwide Microsoft Office survey, the top three time
wasters were ineffective meetings, unclear objectives, and lack of team
strategic planning for the new year did not begin in the prior year, then
many organizations will do this in January. Unless the organization's
fiscal year is different than the calendar year, waiting much past this
month makes it harder to achieve goals or objectives set by leadership in an
effective and timely manner. Get started before it becomes too late to
make a difference in guiding employees! Significant improvements
and change require pre-planning and intense communication efforts.
objectives, think about the usual business concerns of new ways to get
revenue, options for reducing expenses, and laws or regulations that must be
complied with. Then step out-of-the-box and think about ethical and
social issues as they relate to things the company can do better in the
coming year or over time.
Hopefully this newsletter is not too late but instead serves as a
reminder to get going. There is good information on parts of this
process and links to articles in the posts listed on the right. Depending on where the
organization is in strategic planning process, more information can also be
found on strategic planning in archived issues of this newsletter on:
Values and Vision,
Purpose or Mission,
employee and personal training is often an important element in helping
individuals and organization meet their objectives, I want to offer
subscribers a few FREE short training podcasts. I am planning to record
a few micro-podcasts on meeting management and possibly time management
topics in the coming year. In order to create ones people would most like to
download, I am looking for input on the maximum time that would be
considered best for listening to a podcast lecture in a single sitting.
The survey is at
Please take this survey
and forward the link to others who might consider listening to podcasts on
management topics as well. Potential podcast topics are listed on the
survey page. If there are other topics that may be of personal interest,
send an email with suggestions listed.
Use the computer as a
resource for tracking and communicating progress toward strategic plans. To
do this, create graphs that show progress from starting point at the
beginning of the fiscal year or strategic timeframe to the goals and
objectives at the end of the year or strategy period.
Instead of holding meetings
to communicate this progress to employees, consider showing them on the
company intranet site or having a PowerPoint slide show running during lunch
in the company cafeteria. This way employees and leadership can see the
progress at their convenience and are reminded of the role they must play in
the overall success of the company. Be sure to include the vision,
mission, or other strategy components on the web or on some of the slides
within the presentation show.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the
environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your
life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you
toward success - or are they holding you back?” - W. Clement Stone
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