A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
–John Quincy Adams

Can you believe we’re half-way through the year? That means it’s time to take a pulse of where we are and what we’d like to see accomplished prior to year-end. This includes identifying any struggles or challenges we’re facing (what are we losing sleep over?), as well as taking the time to recognize and celebrate our organization’s successes.

As leaders we need to:

  1. conduct an in-depth review of our organization as a whole
  2. meet with our direct reports or colleagues to assess progress (or lack of)
  3. regularly conduct formal one on ones with each team member to review their goal accomplishments and obstacles
  4. update individual development plans; address what training is necessary for individual career advancement and what is required to create organizational bench strength.
  5. provide feedback about how each employee can better help the company achieve its goals, and ensure all behaviors are aligned with realizing positive momentum.

During your meetings ask for opinions and advice for growth and how to attain goals. Discuss ideas for cost savings and waste elimination.  Ask what they feel is working well, and why. Equally important, ask what is NOT working well, or what is impacting results and growth.

Don’t wait!  Now is the time to set realistic expectations for what you wish to accomplish in the second half of the year.  Wishing you success!

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
— Theodore Roosevelt