When scanning the horizon of a new year, good leaders take the time to reflect upon their organization’s Vision and Mission statements.
With very few exceptions the V&M statements are pretty well established in a company. But what can change are the activities and goals that support them. Some examples:
- A new technology got your attention for ways to improve communication (e.g., slack.com)
- Changes in society open up new opportunities for your market (e.g., gay weddings)
- New ways to pay and get paid emerge (e.g., bitcoin, dwolla, etc.)
Methods and tasks in a company can change, and a lot can change in a year nowadays. Make it a practice to learn from the old year.
“Past is prologue”
Thoughtful consideration of the closing year’s bright and dark spots can help illuminate ways to support your company’s Vision & Mission for the new one. It is that approach that can make looking backward your best way forward.