It’s halftime, how did you do? The end of June represents halftime for your 2017 personal goals and business objectives. Much like in a football game, the scoreboard only tells part of the story at the end of the second quarter. So, before you kick-off the second half of the year, the wise thing to do is a mid-year business review.
While the band is on the field at halftime, coaches and players are examining film and adjusting X’s and O’s to come up with a winning second-half game plan. Sadly though, many small business owners and sales professionals emerge from the July 4th holiday break with the same plan that has been in place since January.
We Know We Should
The cars we drive, the planes we fly in, and the high-tech machines we use all need to be tuned and calibrated to ensure optimal performance. Intuitively we know our lives and our businesses have similar demands, yet we fail to schedule the time for this review. It is encouraging to see more and more of my small business owner clients incorporating a mid-year business review into their management philosophy.
Common Reasons Why We Don’t
And while more of my clients are open to this, there are two common scenarios where people resist doing a mid-year business review.
This is a guest post from Mark Miller the best-selling author of 6 books, an in-demand speaker and the Vice President of High-Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A. His latest book, Leaders Made Here
, describes how to nurture leaders throughout the organization, from the front lines to the executive ranks and outlines a clear and replicable approach to creating the leadership bench every organization needs.
I was standing in the back of the room listening to my introduction, hoping the person would say something I could comment on when I took the stage. The room was full – hundreds of people. They had come to hear me speak. They wondered what I would say. So, did I… I was not prepared.
I hope this has never happened to you as a leader. Take my word for it; to stand and speak in front of a group, large or small, ill prepared is not my idea of fun. Now, I’m okay with making spontaneous remarks as needed – that’s VERY different than a keynote presentation, or workshop setting in which success really does hang in the balance if you’re not prepared.
By now you have probably received an invitation to join Nextdoor. And if recent press is any indication, you have been using Nextdoor in your community for quite some time.
Nextdoor currently has over 125,000 neighborhoods registered in its network, which, according to Nextdoor co-founder Nirav Tolia, represents over 75% of the neighborhoods in US.
For those unfamiliar with Nextdoor, Charlie Rose recently interviewed Tolia and they discussed the history of Nextdoor and the value it offers to consumers and local business owners.
One of the biggest use cases for Nexdoor members early on was neighbors asking other neighbors for the best service provider in their area. In a New York Times article about why Nextdoor has caught on, Tolia describes why it works so well for local business owners…
Of the five million messages are exchanged each day on Nextdoor, Mr. Tolia said, “the network’s users send more than one million recommending services to one another. And around 80% of those posts are discussions about local service providers and businesses.“
Nextdoor vs. Facebook
How are you doing? Is the January Funk messing with your mind and playing with your attitude? Well the good news is you survived Blue Monday, the unofficial “gloomiest day” of the year.
The first Blue Monday was declared on January 24 in 2005 as part of a press release from a travel company. The date was a result of research used to discern travel trends and holiday bookings. And while science has debunked the gloomiest day of the year theory, there is no denying seasonal factors like post-holiday depression, increase debt, and inclement weather can be a catalyst for the January Funk.
But the good news is there are three things you can start doing today to beat the January Funk.
Personal Development Coaching can help you pursue your purpose. This style of personal growth coaching creates an environment where you can explore and assess their current strengths and weaknesses in order to initiate positive change which can improve your overall quality of life.
The primary objective in personal development coaching is to instill empowering beliefs which builds confidence and equips you for sustainable and lasting improvement.
Meet Richard (not his real name), a guy who seems to be living the dream. He has done well in his career, his marriage has a solid footing, his kids do well in school and are active in sports. He lives in a nice neighborhood, attends church on a pretty regular basis, and wishes he had more time to be at the lake or on the golf course.
O God, when I have food…help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work…help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home…help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain…help me to remember those who suffer,
…help me to destroy my complacency;
…bestir my compassion,
…and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
from Tom Martin Coaching!
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Memorial Day is a time for rest and time for celebration. Schools for the most part are out which means summer break is underway. Memorial Day weekend is a time for travel and time when families gather for picnics, bbq’s, and camping.
While there is no way to adequately say thank you to the families who have lost so much, there is something we all can do…
When asked, “what’s the single most important factor you attribute to your success in life, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett both answered, “my focus.”
I totally agree, and as an executive coach, some of the greatest personal and professional breakthroughs I’ve seen are when a client invests time and energy aligning their focus around the question, “what’s important now?”
Know this, the journey to your best year yet will be tough. Navigating new terrain is challenging and sometimes it is difficult to sustain momentum. Don’t lose heart, embrace the adventure! Focus on your vision, modify your action plan if necessary or the time-table, but keep moving forward toward your goal of making 2016 Your Best Year Yet!
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Dr. Martin Luther King
If your momentum has stalled or if your stuck, don’t give up! Give me a call and let’s set up a time for a conversation to make sure you keep moving forward in 2016! You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.