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How to build success in the New Year

January is an interesting month for work in Australia. Things tend to be a little quieter on the work front with things yet to pick up after the holiday period, while social lives can be quite busy as people capitalise on the warm summer nights and greater free time. In your organisation, you likely planned out 2017 back in the final quarter of 2016, and individually there is a good chance that you have set New Year’s Resolutions or at least spent some time pondering and refocussing on your long-term goals and direction. January is thus the ideal time to evaluate your thinking and strike while the proverbial iron is hot. There are a number of things you can do in your team to make sure that you capitalise on the opportunity to reboot in January and set yourself up well for the year.

  1. Recommit to organisational strategic goals. Planning documents need to be kept alive. Strategies that are developed and then placed in a drawer never to see the light of day again are a waste of time and effort and an insult to those who spent their time, intellect, and effort on developing them. Build strategic value by pulling out your annual strategic goals and roadmap and confirm commitment from your team—ensure that there is alignment and that everyone in your team understands their importance as part of the greater whole.
  2. Discover what your team’s individual goals for the year are. Have your people share what they want out of 2017 both professionally and personally; encourage people to be candid, but don’t force people to disclose more than what they are comfortable with. As people share, actively look for synergies between personal and organisational goals and encourage people to assist each other with the achievement of their goals.
  3. Identify Resistances and Roadblocks. Hopefully you’ve all managed to get some great R&R over the holiday period, now it’s time to clear out the negative types of R&R, that is Resistances and Roadblocks. The beliefs, processes and behaviours that served you well in 2016 and earlier may not be the beliefs processes and behaviours that will work in 2017. It’s almost guaranteed that there will be people that are hesitant and resistant to change, so it’s important to ensure there is a good understanding of why the status quo is no longer ideal, and what the purpose of the change is. If you want more information on managing change, check out some of the resources below.
  4. Develop new beliefs, processes and behaviours. It’s useful to think how you would set things up if you were starting with a blank slate. What do you and your team want to achieve in 2017? Start with the end in mind. If you were starting up a new team or business, how would you set everything up for success? Once you have brainstormed all the different possibilities, think about what ones you can easily implement, and what ones will work within existing frameworks and processes. How can you best combine the benefits of established beliefs, processes and behaviours with those that will most facilitate the end goal? Remember to let the end-goal define the process, not the process define the end-goal.

So what will you now do to make sure that 2017 is a success? If you haven't scheduled conversations covering the points above, then do that now. If you are after some more resources to help you, check out the links below or call me on +61 400 406 955 to discuss the best actions for you and your team.




Are you really committed to success in 2017? Here are some great resources to help you meet your goals.

Summaries to read

  • Liminal Thinking: “Liminal Thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs.”
  • The Four Disciplines of Execution: How to build thto avoid the trap of the daily grind and focus on what's really important. 
  • This Year I will: why don’t resolutions and goals stick? Why do we slip back into old habits? Read this summary for an overview of what goes wrong, and how you can make sure your goals stick.  
  • Mindset—The New Psychology of Success: Stanford Professor, Carol Dweck shares some great insights into how we so often mean to do well, but hold people back in the process. Get the key insights of how to motivate and build successful behaviours by reading this summary.

Conversations to have

  • Breakthrough Thinking: explore how to continually evaluate, validate, and change beliefs to better meet your strategic goal
  • The Mental Warrior: discover The Four Agreements and how those agreements, or deeply held beliefs, dictate our success or lack thereof.

I wanted to thank you for the TMS workshop you facilitated for us on Friday.

All the Team Managers were so impressed by the day – what they learnt about themselves and each other and your ability to create a connection with each of them during the day. The success of the session was really due to having you there facilitating and working with them. Thanks

Angie Moore - Change Manager, BT Financial Group