We’ve welcomed in 2015 and most of us are back to business, hopefully with a renewed energy and optimism for the year ahead. Of course, this part of the world also welcomes in the new Lunar New Year in a few weeks where we wave goodbye to the year of the horse and start afresh in the year of the sheep.
Whether you’re at the end of your year, at the beginning, or sitting somewhere in between, it’s a great time to reflect, recharge and reposition your business – some industry peers call this a roadmap to success.
How to kick start your roadmap
- Look back to move forward
Successful organisations always need to look ahead to the future and keep moving forward if they want to keep their edge. But, just like driving a car, to move forward in the best way involves looking back too.
- What were your biggest wins and losses from the last 12 months?
- What were your plans and goals for last year? Did you reach them?
- What were the biggest challenges?
- What lessons did you learn?
- What did you enjoy the most?
- What surprised you the most?
- What is everyone else on the road doing?
Being aware of your surroundings is key to remaining relevant in business. Whether you’re in a saturated market and have to remain innovative in your marketing methods, or you’re leading the way in a new industry, you’ll have to keep an eye on the competition (real or perceived).
The road conditions for your organisation might also be a changing scene and where your competitors might once have been brick and mortar buildings, they might now be an online entity across the world.
- Oil, gas and water – look after the basics
Just like shiny new cars are attractive with their tools and gadgets, you might let your business processes get overly complicated or advanced and forget about the bare necessities of your organisation. Make sure your simple processes can run simply – from invoicing, sales and delivery to payroll and recruitment, it’s never been more vital to have a hold of your internal systems and workflows.
- Who are your passengers?
In 2015, your employees are more than just numbers on your payroll. They want to and deserve to be part of your organisation’s success story so embrace their skills, talents and passions this year to drive your business growth.
A new year is also when employees will be considering their options and whether your organisation helps them to meet their personal and career goals. If you want to keep your best talent, you have to start working for each other.
- How are your driving skills?
If you’re in a leadership role, it might be easy to focus on everyone else’s success (or lack of) and neglect to look at your own talents, skills and weaknesses. Ask for feedback from peers, your management team and even junior team members (make it anonymous so they don’t feel obliged to only give compliments!)
They might not always be easy to hear, but any suggestions for improvement should be reviewed with a calm and objective mind. If people have taken the effort to help you to improve, chances are they want it to work for the greater good of the organisation.
We hope our clients, partners and customers have taken the time to map out their success for 2015 and we look forward to being a part of their journey!