We Are Still Here: Now What?

The world did not come to an end today, as some speculated would be the case based on the ancient Mayan long count calendar, so now what?  Well, the first thing is to relax and enjoy the Christmas and New Year season.  Next, it’s time to plan for 2013.

This year, don’t start with your business, start with you!  Regardless of your role at work, whether Staff or CEO, Board Member or Volunteer, you cannot contribute 100% to your company or agency unless you are fully recharged and ready for the new calendar year.

Take 2013 from a balanced perspective.  But, first, no New Year’s Resolutions!  Yes, you heard it right.  Unless you are one of the less than one percent of the population who actually adheres to their resolutions, you need to be realistic.  Plan like you would a business, and don’t front-load critical strategies on January 1st.  Oh, and be sure not to develop your “ physical health” strategies just after you’ve looked at yourself in the mirror after Christmas dinner.  Let’s be real, we don’t want to set ourselves up for failure, now do we?

We all know we should do something to improve our physical health.  Would you like to be a bit more fit and active?  That’s a good springtime goal.  The weather is nicer, and you don’t have the post-holiday guilt of not doing 50 push-ups on January 1st.

Now, family.  How many CEOs are there who traditionally spend part of their holiday season identifying 10 things the company should do better, faster, and differently in the next year – only to drop bombs on their staff at 9:00 a.m. January 2nd?  How much of that time could you have spent with your family during the holiday?  Wouldn’t your company’s planning efforts be a bit more effective if done as a team, and not as a dictator?  This one’s your call.  I’ve been on the giving and receiving end, and neither is long lasting.  You get an A+ for enthusiasm, and a D- for team effort.  However, if Santa brought you a Cuban cigar for Christmas, then dictate all you wish.

Is your mind right?  You will need to focus as you plan new strategies for 2013.  But, how much of your efforts are clouded by current issues?  Will the economic gridlock in Washington D.C. actually impact you, your family, or your daily operation during the first few weeks (or couple months) of 2013?  Probably not.  Don’t let the talking heads on cable news dictate your strategy.  If it’s not the economic issues in D.C., it will be something else.  Even if the taxes and cuts are draconian (which is unlikely) you will have plenty of time to panic later.  Now’s not the time.

How about your spiritual side?  Regardless of your beliefs, a healthy spiritual life can lead to an overall balanced life.  I cannot tell you what to do here.  Only you can determine what is appropriate.

Okay, okay… I know there is a work side.  But, don’t forget rest.  Yes, we just starting a winter vacation.  However, now is the time to begin planning for your summer activities.  As our economy strengthens, good room and airline rates will be harder to obtain.

I know, it’s hard not to think about work as we head into a new year.  And, many of you may be putting the final touches on your 2013 plans.  Hopefully, most of the planning was initiated with your staff and board in advance of the holiday break.  If not, don’t be surprised if you get some strange looks on January 2nd.

Just as we looked at your health, let’s talk about the health of your company’s culture?  If you look at your company as a breathing organism, just like you are, what would you do to keep it healthy, maintain the family, clear its mind, motivate it without guilt, and reward it for success?  (That was not a rhetorical question, by the way.)

What about your staff?  Do they have the tools they need to be successful in 2013?  As with 2001, 2002…2012, and now 2013, employees are, once again, being asked to do more with less.  What resources, tools, and training will they receive in order to be successful in 2013, which will lead to your company achieving its strategies?  After over a decade of “more with less”, Brute Force can only get you so far down the road before burnout sets in.  We can train you and your staff on a few simple quality principles that can lead to great improvement and efficiencies – positively impacting employee morale and your bottom line.

Remember:  If physical health, family, and mind are good for you – they are probably good for your company.

Now, jettison those New Year’s resolutions and have a guilt free holiday!


About Ron Woodbury

Owner and Founder of Ron Woodbury Consulting.