How was your year? Did you meet your objectives? Did you stay focused? Did you manage to keep your work and life balanced?
How about next year? How are your objectives? Are they focused? Will you be able to keep yourself and your relationships healthy?
I received the seasons greetings below from Gemba Consulting. It is spot on.
I wish you all happy holidays and a successful new year!
How many things are on your agenda for 2010? Whether you are the CEO of a major company or the leader of your own life this is a question we all must ask ourselves as we prepare to meet the coming year. When teaching the TPS approach to strategic planning and deployment known as hoshin kanri there are several critical conversations we must have.
The first and most important is to limit the annual objectives to only the vital few, three to five at most. This is incredibly difficult for most to do since we all want and need to do so much. Yet to be as effective as possible we must focus most of management team's effort on the vital few breakthrough objectives.
What happens to everything else we need or want to do? We must deselect these other initiatives, integrate or turn them into enablers for the breakthrough objectives, or handle them through daily management. The capability of senior leaders to delegate to junior leaders much of the daily management and problem solving that occupies them can be a breakthrough objective in itself.
I wish all of you improved health, success and well being in 2010!