As we near the end of the calendar year for many of us our natural thoughts are how can I finish strong. It’s important that whatever we endeavor we complete the task with the same or with more voracity than when we started. It’s imperative that we do things right and there are a few practical things we can do to ensure that we finish every project strong and every year strong.
Evaluate yourself and your team over the past year
Take some time this week to measure and evaluate key areas of your department. It’s important to be self-aware and a self-actualized department; because an aware department is one that can achieve more because they are knowledgable of their deficiencies not just their strengths and they know who to play into them.
This can be done in a couple of very effective ways:
Ask the right questions. It’s important to ask the right questions when evaluating ministry effectiveness. Even qualitative metrics can be measured when you know how to ask the right questions. Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Check the alignment of your leadership. Making sure your leadership and department are aligned is critical for the overall growth and health of the organization.
Learn from others
One of the most valuable things you can do is pay attention to the innovative ideas others are implementing and consider how they might impact and improve the way you and your team are doing things.
Spend some time with your direct reports
Celebrate with them, share victories and make sure they know how valuable they are to the life of your department and organization the holidays are the best and very natural time to do this sort of thing.
And for the Future
There might be a lot of unknowns when you look ahead to next year. Don’t let that scare you. By using uncertainty as an excuse to put off strategic decisions, you’re jeopardizing the future growth, embrace it and use it as a factor in helping to shape the vision you have for next year.