So, it's the start of a new year and you probably made a couple of New Year's Resolutions for yourself.
Here are 5 things you can start now to benefit your organization:
2. Record and revisit short-term goals often
Short-term goals are just as important as long-term goals. They allow you to break down your long-term goals, not only making them feel much more achievable but also helping you to focus on the most important goals you want to achieve and get everything else out of the way.
Try drawing out three columns (one month, three month, and six month goals) on the top half of the page. On the bottom half of the page, write down what actions need to happen in order to achieve each goal as well as who is going to take responsibility for that action and by what date.
3. Budget, budget, budget
Do you know how much your SMB is spending on overhead? What about your profit margin? Do you sell goods that are subject to sales tax? Tools like Avalara and other BI software will help you effectively manage your organizations budget, which is key to the long-term health of your business.
4. Embrace being a life-long learner
Do you read business books to help develop yourself into a better leader? Do you spend more time asking questions rather than spewing out answers? If not then you should highly consider it. The most effective entrepreneurs have a coach who helps guide them through the good and the bad. So spend some time this year making a reading list and asking questions. You won't regret it.
5. Consider how you would like your business to impact the community
Legacy is something we all think about but spend little time considering how to create it. Sure you want your business to be successful but have you thought about how you can improve your organization in order to better serve your clients, not just by services or products offered? Whether it’s your office, your home, your street, your community, or the world, what are you doing to leave it better than when you found it?
Sage has developed a division known as Sage Foundation, which is focused on creating social and economic opportunity in the communities they operate within around the world. So, research charities, social enterprises, and non-profit organizations your organization can partner with to help build a better future and in your local community.
These are 5 things are just some of the few every leader should do to have their best year yet. What other goals should be added for 2017 greatness?
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