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Walk Before You Run

Take Time to Reflect on Your Self, Team Members, and Team

At the beginning of the year, we are typically gung-ho to hit the ground running. But, as we have heard all too often, you have to walk before you can run. So, let's start at the beginning. We are in the starting gate, ready to start. We have our goals and priorities and are ready to go. But, in reality, is what we have really a list of disconnected projects, actions, or desired achievements? When we stop to think about them, we may find they are more like puzzle pieces scattered on a table in front of us and we are working to complete puzzle without knowing what the whole picture looks like? Sometimes we need to slow down to run fast.

First, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of what you're driving towards - just like a puzzle. What is the full picture? What are your organization’s or business’s 2024 objectives (the completed puzzle picture)? Once you know them, you can step over the starting line – you can start the puzzle.

When I work on a puzzle, I organize the pieces into groups, based on color as an example. I then begin connecting the pieces within each group and, finally, connect the groups. Tada! Success! So, start by taking the time to get organized. As Peter Drucker says, "From the quiet reflection, will come even more effective action." Begin by breaking down your reflections into three groups: self, team members, and team. By being deliberate about reflecting and planning, you will set the foundation for a smooth and successful year. 

Whether you're an HR professional or business leader, make the time to reflect, and take the time. The return on this investment will be visible - greater focus on what matters most, as well as ease and effectiveness in achieving your goals and those of your business and organization.

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