In reflecting on my work in 2019 I have been reminded that:
- Organisations delivering social or environmental good are more likely to survive in the long term.
- Big goals can be achieved by taking small steps.
- Great solutions can come from unexpected sources.
- Results improve when we seek and receive help.
- An understanding of critical success factors and financial results positions leaders well to navigate successfully in changing times.
In his book ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ Dr Seuss says “So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” While each step may be small, collectively they lead us to an outcome that we may, or may not, desire. Leaders with a clear understanding of their organisation’s purposes, goals, opportunities, challenges and risks are much more likely to take the best available next step. Time invested in developing business plans, evaluating results and adjusting operating models accordingly yields great benefits in the long term.
It was confirmed last week that the minimum wage will increase to $18.90/hour from 1 April 2020 with a strong signal of an increase to $20/hour from 1 April 2021. If not done so already, organisations should include these increases in their financial forecasts and develop plans to cover this increased cost well before April.
Whether you are flat out serving the increase in visitors to our region or resting and recharging, we hope that you have some fun and wish you all the best for a successful 2020.
This article was first published in the Mercury Bay Informer of 24 December 2019. See www.theinformer.co.nz