The start of a new year is a time of freedom, if you allow it to be. You are standing in a clearing having left 2012 and now entering 2013. As you stand and look forward, the landscape is open and waiting for you. You have choices. You can clutter the clearing with things – unessential activities, fears, the priorities of others. Or, you can create a path in the clearing, moving into 2013 with focus and resolve. How does the clearing you are standing in right now look to you? My clearing this year looks open and reflects the freedom I have in going forward. It is also reflects the need for me to shape my path and create what my business will be this year. You have this freedom as well. As you stand in the clearing, shape what your and your team’s year will be and how you will go forward.
A few weeks ago, I posted on setting new year resolutions for you and your team What about you personally? What are you looking for in 2013? What are your resolutions for the new year?
As 2013 nears, so do resolutions, new starts, hopes and expectations. I find it useful, as a manager, to set manager and team resolutions for the new year. You may already be initiating formal organizational goals and/or measures for the year. Your manager and team resolutions can deal with “soft” goals, equally important to you and your team’s success in 2013. These resolutions can address elements of work such as maintaining morale, personal and professional balance, recognizing team member contributions or taking breaks as a team, for example.
You can discuss 2013 resolutions with your team, asking “What are the areas we can address that are important to our success and are not formally addressed in our organizational goals and measures?” or “What resolutions can we make that will support our team and help us thrive?”. Set a few resolutions together, record them and informally measure progress and impact in 2013 by checking in periodically with your team on how you/they are doing with specific resolutions. A few resolutions could make a positive difference in your team’s satisfaction and performance in 2013.