mid-July, we have worked through half of 2009 and are facing the dog days of
summer. It’s a great time to take a fresh look at goals for the year.
Year brings inevitable energy, enthusiasm and plans. What progress has been
made towards reaching the goals set in January? You may be able to celebrate
the success of completion or find yourself, or the organization, on track to
meet deadlines. One or more goals might be entirely unrealistic due to business
realities or external events such as new government regulations or that five
day snowstorm you shoveled through in March.
much more effective if they are kept alive as working plans and documents. If
December annual performance evaluations include individual performance goals
dust them off and take the time to assess progress. A dedicated conversation
will provide follow up and redirection if necessary. This mid-year discussion
also crates a forum for increased trust and relationship building.
If a flood
or loss of a key customer has made a goal unattainable don’t wait until the end
of the year to simply report “N/A” as the outcome. Acknowledge the fact that
the goal no longer makes sense and use the opportunity to replace it with a new
one that is realistic at the present time.
extremely volatile business situations shorter term goals will be most
effective. Set the bar for September 1st or the end of October. It’s
sooner than you think and provides the opportunity to tout interim
can you create to drive your business forward before it’s time to take a