Natalie Forster: Mid-year review
Give yourself and your company a mid-year assessment, make goals for the future.
I like to look at June as a month of reflection. Mostly, because this is when we hit the half-year mark. On a personal level, June is also my birth
month, so it’s a great time for me to think “Hey, another year of your life just went by, what did you accomplish?”
There are varying opinions on New Year’s resolutions, but I have to admit that I have always taken part in the practice; some resolutions have come to fruition while some not so much. Come June every year, I think it’s easy to tell which resolutions you’re achieving and which might need to be tabled until next year.
The first half of 2020 is one many of us likely won’t want to look back on; I think we are all ready to move forward. But, humor me and reflect for a moment.What were your personal and business goals at the beginning of the year? How many of those have you achieved? What’s one thing you’re proud of your business, specifically your employees, for? What’s one thing you think you can change for the better of the next six months?
There is still a lot of unknown for the remainder of the year, but that’s no reason to table goals or refrain from setting them altogether. Sit down with your team (virtually, if needed) and adjust your goals as a company, taking into account the challenges at hand; make your goals realistic but still exciting. There are no negatives in taking the time to reflect, even if your company or personal goals are not yet attained. This gives you the opportunity to address things that stood in the way and make a plan of action for the remainder of the year. If you have achieved a goal, celebrate it in some way. Celebrating even the small victories is a great way to boost morale.
There isn’t much we can control, but we can always control our actions and ability to adapt.
Recent conversations with supply chain leaders has reinforced that open and constant communication is how many are keeping employees and clients at ease. I encourage you to discuss business goals internally to keep yourself and your team accountable. I, for one, am a planner, sometimes to a fault — each day has a “to do” list along with the week, month, etc. If you’re like me, reflecting and making a list of adjusted goals for the next six months might even sound fun. If not, take it as a challenge and rely on those around you for support.