September 28 at sunset marks Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year. While it’s certainly not the more commercial new year celebration, it’s actually an excellent time to reflect. It’s September. How has your new year’s resolution managed so far?
More to the point, have you considered making a resolution for yourself that improves the company you own or work for? Here are some suggestions to get the juices flowing:
- I will read, listen to, or attend something that educates me in my profession and teaches me something new.
- I will teach someone something.
- I will help someone further their goals, aspirations and/or education.
- I will set up a good will program in my company for morale.
- I will spend one lunch a week with an employee/employer to get to know them better.
- I will try something new.
- I will do something that scares me, like letting someone else man a project when I prefer to manage all the details.
- I will set up a budget that starts a ‘slush fund’ for company emergencies.
- I will start a mentoring program between employees to cross train in the company.
- I will recognize, compliment and reward even the little things in coworkers or employees.
I hope that gets you thinking. There is doubtless far more that I’m not even considering like updating marketing materials or revisiting your mission statement. The point is, resolutions, goals and aspirations aren’t just for personal use. They’re powerful business tools.