If you have your plan in writing, hopefully you’re looking at it on a daily/weekly basis to monitor progress and make adjustments to the plan as necessary.
If your plan isn’t a living document that is part of your routine, at a minimum you should be taking the time on a quarterly basis to put things on pause, review your plan, assess performance, address accountability issues, make adjustments & communicate what’s on the horizon for all hands.
One of the quotes that we all keep posted in and around our offices and reference often is, “Money Matters. Performance Counts. Time is the Enemy.”
One of the advantages of a second quarter check-up is that you still have time (and you can get some great strategic thinking in and do some great work before summer vacation mindset starts creeping in).
Don’t wait until mid-year to revisit your plan. In this quarter, it’s time to ask questions such as:
What had you set out to accomplish during the 1st quarter?
- How did you do?
- Have you communicated your progress with all team members?
- How does performance in Q1 impact expectations/goals for Q2 and beyond?
- How can we strategically utilize second quarter to make significant progress so that we’re not playing catch up in the last six months?
- What adjustments need to be made?
- Does everyone have a clear understanding of what is expected of them going forward?
Assess and plan with gusto. Go for it. Leave nothing on the table. Take full advantage of second quarter and you’ll be on your way to catching your limit.
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Melissa is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management consulting firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.