Prepping for Fall

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 2.52.24 PM.pngCa you believe that it’s ALREADY September 1st?

We can’t!

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about You in 2017 and the words you were going to use for this year.

Now that we are jumping into fall, let’s take some time to look at those words or phrases you chose and think about what else you want for the rest of this year!

Step 1: Grab your calendar and block off 30 minutes

Step 2: Look at the word you chose for your professional life. Write down a couple of ways you’ve seen this word show up in you (purposely or not!). Now, write down a couple of opportunities you might have to grow in that area in the coming months (only 4 more full months of the year!!!).

Step 3: Look at the word or phrase you chose for your personal life and do the same reflective activity.

Step 4: Look at the hobby or interest you wanted to grow or expand on. Did you have a chance to? If so, AWESOME! If not, look at what you could do in the next few months to accomplish that. J

We find that just after the fun and chaos of summer is the perfect time to take some time to reflect and reset on what you are hoping for the rest of the year!

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Developing Others

Developing others – does taking the time to focus on the development of your direct reports make that much of a difference?

Studies have shown that employees are more likely to stay with a company when they feel like the company is invested in their future. When you support your direct reports in their development it will make them more effective employees and communicate that you and the company are interested in them and their career.

Where to begin? Reminder: without direction, people have a hard time thriving. In writing a development plan you have the unique opportunity to help give your direct reports direction.

So, here are a few simple tips on writing development plans and achieving goals with others.

Start with the long term. Where would they like to be 2-5 years from now? Identify a couple of growth or continued development areas that are crucial for reaching this goal.

Move to the shorter term. Select one of the areas discussed above to specifically develop in the next 6 months.

Make it tangible. From the one area selected, have your direct report brainstorm two or three ways they can specifically develop that skill. Maybe this is taking a free online class, attending a webinar, asking someone they respect for tips, completing research, engaging in coaching sessions, reading a book… the options are endless!

Insure all aspects are actionable and do-able. Have your direct report detail out a plan with dates of when they will complete each part of developing the skill. Schedule meetings with them over the next 6 months to follow up on where they are on their development, any areas they are stuck on, and how they can continue to grow.

Start now – schedule a meeting with one of your direct reports for next week!