Nothing like the start of a new decade to commit yourself to improving your business! With the New Year around the corner, our minds are on ways we can make big improvements for our staff and clients alike. While the concept of creating a new year’s resolution has become rather cliche, the science behind it is surprising. People who make new year’s resolutions are 10% more likely to achieve their goals than those who set goals other times of the year. Thankfully, there are many ways you can make improvements to your personal and organizational success with small and big goals alike.
Here are the resolutions we’ll be making as we go into 2020:
Resolve to have better meetings:
It likely comes as no surprise that studies have shown up to 50% of meetings are unnecessary. Meetings are frequently made with minimal preparation and superfluous or unrelated content. So why not make sure you only have meetings that are actually needed, with only people who actually need to be there, and make sure those meetings are run as efficiently as possible? Making a goal to have productive meetings saves you and your team members time and energy, and minimizes the risk of miscommunication.
Here are some of our recommendations for hosting great meetings:
Resolve to Better Know Your Team:
As the old adage goes, people don’t quit their job, they quit their boss. Having good relationships with your team members starts with getting to know them and their needs. Beyond the benefit of making your staff and coworkers happy, team members who feel understood and valued are more productive at work. The key to getting to know your team is understanding they each have unique personalities and needs. That means that some team members will want to share personal information and chat regularly, while others will appreciate more subtle gestures. These are a few of our recommendations on understanding and appreciating individuals on your team:
Resolve to Be More Self Aware:
The first level of Emotional Intelligence is self awareness: knowing how our behaviors relate to our emotional state and how it affects those around us. Self awareness can be difficult to master, but is vital to high functioning teams and organizations. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be rewarded in a big way.
Resolve to improve your communication:
Often we put the onus of good communication on those we’re communicating with, rather than taking responsibility ourselves. However, the best way to get others to change is by demonstrating the type of behavior and communication we expect ourselves. Effective communication has as much to do with listening as it does with speaking. Learning to read your audience and communicate with them in a way they can easily understand is key to improving your communication. Not sure where to start? Here’s a few of our best tips on communicating effectively:
The Value of Dialogue Over Discussion
Don’t Talk Louder, Listen More
How to Coach Up to Your Boss
Resolve to Better Manage Change:
Change in business is inevitable. How you react to and manage change will determine the success or failure of your initiative. Rather than simply letting change happen, learn the ins-and-outs of managing healthy, effective change. Studies show that on average, 75% of change efforts fail. Taking your time to fully prepare your team and gather the proper resources can transform the outcomes of your change initiative. We’ve written extensively on how to effectively manage change, but here are a few of our favorite articles on the subject:
Purpose, Plans, People, Progress: The Magical Formula for Successful Change
Change Management: The Art of Understanding Loss
Change Fatigue: How to Recognize it and How to Fix it
Let’s Change That: How Different Personalities Interpret Change
Resolve to Create a Healthier Work Culture:
A toxic work environment leaves staff and leadership alike feeling stressed, frustrated, and inefficient. Taking the time to create a healthy work environment will not only improve contentment and engagement at work, but will likely increase the overall productivity of your organization. We love these tips for creating a healthy culture:
The Top 3 Causes of Office Drama
How to Approach an Apathetic Leader
How to Foster Community in Remote Teams
Committing to any of these goals is a great way to push your organization towards positive change. What resolutions would you add to this list for 2020?