Here we are at the end of 2012. How did business go these past 12 months? Would you rate your business a 10 because sales revenue and profits are at an all-time record? Or a 2 because you did not achieve what you set out to do and sales are down. Often the answer is somewhere in between these two extremes. Some things went well and others may not have been as successful.
Regardless of the number, this is a perfect time to reflect on what went well and what needs to be improved:
- Review last year’s goals; Then write down goals for this coming year.
- List the programs you implemented this year that performed well and then add the programs that were less so; decide which ones to keep, which ones to improve upon and which ones to chalk up as a learning experience.
- Set up periodic reminders to evaluate programs on a quarterly basis (or even sooner). That way there will be no surprises at the end of the year. It may allow you to change direction mid-stream to refocus the program.
- Evaluate your productivity systems and decide what you can do to improve them. They may impact your strategies and goals and perhaps will help the programs run more smoothly.
What would you like your company’s performance to be next year at this time?