Without a clear vision, plan, accountability, and strong support, business leaders and leaders who make New Year’s resolutions for themselves and their teams often end up falling short of their resolutions within weeks.
If organizing and executing a performance improvement vision is part of your professional goals this year, Michael King, an experienced executive and leadership coach, can guide you and your team to achieve your goals and speed up results.
Based in Nebraska, King helps senior executives, senior leaders, entrepreneurs and C-Suite teams unlock their potential and build powerful teams that scale to the next level. Keep reading to discover his five key strategies that can help you and your team succeed in 2022 and beyond.
1. Document your dream
Writing down a goal helps clarify exactly what you hope to achieve, even if it’s something as simple as scribbling a random idea on a napkin. Set aside a few minutes to really refine your vision and dream big.
“Don’t overthink it or get overwhelmed with the details,” King advises. “You don’t necessarily have to commit right away; it suffices to put it in writing for it to exist.
2. Share your vision
You could be a real visionary with a great idea, but it won’t go anywhere if you keep it to yourself. Once you have decided what you want to achieve and have written it down, share the idea with people who can make it happen through meetings, posts, written messages, social media or one-on-one communications .
“Making your vision known invites accountability,” says King. “Inviting people into your biggest dream not only keeps everyone focused, but also increases membership.”
Give your team members the power, confidence, and autonomy they need to manage their own pieces of the puzzle, remembering that they might do things differently than you do.
“The destination is non-negotiable, but the route and how to get there can be,” King says.
If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. To avoid burnout, separate tasks into three categories: what’s important right now, what’s next, and what you can just give up. Also, be sure to factor in enough supports you will need to achieve your vision, including time, human resources, and money.
4. Establish “green lights”
Creating achievable short-term goals keeps your vision on track and provides a way to measure your progress. This means setting deadlines and planning small rewards to keep your team motivated. King refers to these milestones as green lights.
“Those ‘green lights’ let us know when we’ve cleared the ‘now’ priority and it’s time to start working on the ‘next’ step,” King says.
5. Make a move
You’ve defined your vision, shared it with your team, prioritized your plans, and set short-term “green lights.” Now is the time to act. The longest journey begins with a single step. Even if it feels uncomfortable or scary, just start moving. And remember, nothing is forever set in stone. If you find that certain aspects of the plan aren’t working as you go along, you can always pivot and make the necessary adjustments.
“Not trying is failure,” King says. “A simple step is victory.”
As an executive business and leadership coach, Michael King helps clients achieve their goals successfully through coaching sessions, workshops, and other valuable resources.
For more information, visit teams.coach.