2015 is merely a memory. But, it shouldn’t be.
Before you put 2015 completely out of your mind, take a minute to think about what happened this last year with you and your team. What were your successes and failures? What went well and not so well? The purpose isn’t to pat ourselves on the back or beat ourselves up. The purpose is to understand what contributed to our success, and what got in the way. You should ask yourself, ‘will those same things happen in 2016’?
It’s important to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and how those impacted our results. We need to especially understand our strengths. A number of studies have shown that people are more successful in reaching their goals if they use their strengths to attack a problem or attain a lofty goal rather than trying to fix a weakness.
We need to at the least, understand our weaknesses so we can figure out how to minimize or offset their impact. The same approach can be used with entire teams with the great benefit of whole team learning. (We wrote about how to renew your team here.)
If you take the time now to revisit 2015, you’ll set yourself up for success in 2016. Do you know what’s going to propel you to success based on your results in 2015? Do you know what your strengths are and how to leverage them to your benefit in 2016?
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