At the end of every year, I take a few minutes to refresh my Operating System for the coming year. I reflect on how the business is doing, on my goals and development plans, and on what I want to accomplish in the coming year. Although most of that work is focused on how to move the business forward, I also make sure to take stock of my own career.
Whenever I take stock of the past year, I always ask myself four questions:
Of course, I always shoot for four “yes” responses. As long as I get at least two or three “yesses,” I feel like I'm in good shape and I know which one or two things to work on in the coming year. That's one of the main inputs I have into setting my agenda for the coming year.
Any time the answer to one of those questions is “no,” I ask “why?”
Are the people around me not fun people? Then I am hiring poorly. Are they fun people who aren't having fun currently? Then either they're working too hard or they aren't seeing enough reward or recognition for their efforts they're frustrated because their efforts aren't going anywhere or they aren't well equipped to do the jobs they have to do for any number of reasons. Is everyone around me having fun, except me? Then the problem ...