If you’re like me, the mid-summer period can be challenging in business. Client and staff vacations, warm weather & abundant sunshine, and a general “I’d rather be doing something outside” mentality all compete for your attention and get in the way of getting things done.
What’s a business professional to do?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Take a look at your yearly business and sales goals and decide if you’re on track to reach them. If not, it’s time to review your year-to-date tactics, learn from any successes or shortfalls and devise new strategies.
- If on track to meet your goals, resist the urge to coast into next year. This is your opportunity to beat those projections and demonstrate to your supervisor — or yourself — that you’re the right person for the job.
- Reevaluate your team members, direct reports or employees. Have you successfully identified their individual and collective strengths, and what is your plan for improving performance in the coming months? One-on-one discussions and counseling, or enrolling them in outside courses can help advance their skillset or uncover and expand hidden talents.
- Are there outside information sources, industry shows, seminars, training sessions or other events that promise to keep you abreast of the latest business strategies, or can help you prepare for a particular challenge? If so, make your case now for attendance.
- It’s also time to recharge; so do set aside some time to relax after work and on the weekends. Dive into a favorite hobby, shave a few strokes off your golf game or take that much-deserved vacation. You’ve earned it.