In a few days time, we will be closing the chapter on the first quarter of 2018, and turning the page to write a new one. For some of you, the next chapter begins the race to the finish line as we approach the end of the fiscal. While for others, it’s still early days into the new year. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re at, you have the opportunity to reset the clock and set the agenda for your next 100-days.
It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutiae. We get so caught up working in the business that we forget to work on the business. We get into a habit of leading by to-do list and lose sight of things that really make a difference. In effect, we’re reacting instead of leading. And before we know it, we’re asleep at the wheel.
Whether you’re leading a team of three or thirty, make no mistake, as a leader, your role is to drive change for the better. Whether it’s developing better business strategies, finding better ways of doing things, or improving team collaboration; your primary job is to influence a positive shift for the better. If you’re not doing this, then you’re managing and not leading.
We’re all familiar with the concept of a 100-day plan. While typically used by leaders in new roles, it’s an invaluable tool for all leaders to drive focus and clarity on their strategic priorities; and to keep teams (and yourself) accountable. But don’t use this just to develop goals that you can check off your list over the next few months. When leveraged fully, 100-day plans are meant to be game changers for leaders to mark their mark.
So, what has improved recently as the result of your influence?
If you’re struggling to answer this, then it’s time to awake from your slumber and begin writing your 100-day plan for the upcoming quarter.
Make your next 100-days count.