I’m working with my team right now on doing 2015 goal setting. There are two places I want us to focus:
- creating efficiency by eliminating redundant or superfluous activity
- develop our personal leadership to pursue our dreams
Each year we tend to add things to our plates. The work load grows as we become more and more efficient in executing our core responsibilities. It feels good to get more responsibility or take on a new project. But sometimes we keep doing the old stuff the same way “just because it’s how we do it”. I’m encouraging those I work with to think about how we might eliminate redundancies or superfluous pieces of process. This isn’t always easy to do because we’ve developed patterns around each of our responsibilities. But, what if we streamlined some of the process or eliminated duplicative steps? In 2015 I want my work to grow and become more creative because we’ve found ways to become more efficient in doing the things we’re good at.
Among the day to day and the annual increase in responsibilities, we’ve also got a responsibility to remember to invest in ourselves. I’m not the kind of supervisor who is focused on finding ways to get you to stay forever. I’m more interested in making sure you’ve got time and resources to grow as a leader and that you’re poised for the next adventure — wherever that takes you. In 2015 I want to encourage all of us to make sure we’re investing in our own leadership. Some development opportunities may not seem like they directly apply to your current job but I think we’ll have happier, more productive teams if folks feel like they’re chasing their dreams and not just receiving training for how to do a job they are already in.
What extra can you eliminate this year to become more efficient? What will you do to pursue your dreams and invest in your own leadership?