This article was first published in the Mercury Bay Informer of 27 June 2018. See www.theinformer.co.nz
The mid-way point of the year is a perfect time to examine the progress your organisation is making towards achieving its business plan.
Where goals have been achieved ask: what made it possible for us to achieve this goal? Could we replicate this winning formula in other areas of our organisation? What long-term benefit will this success deliver? Has this achievement highlighted another area that needs to be worked on?
Where progress is being made to achieve the goals ask: what is needed to ensure we complete this task? Is there another person or organisation that needs to be involved? What benefits have we accrued from the work already done? Is there still justification for achieving this goal? And, if appropriate, what is stopping us from shelving this idea?
Where goals are unlikely to be achieved ask: what is the impact of not completing this work? Why has progress stalled? Is there another person or organisation who can help make this happen? Are we deliberately choosing to drop this goal or is it still worth pursuing?
Perhaps your organisation does not have a business plan? It is never too late to develop one. The clichéd story about the person who climbed the ladder of success only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall depicts a place none of us want to be.
Assistance from experts in organisational planning such as Shifting Focus Business Consulting can prove invaluable as you set your course for the next twelve months.