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Friday, January 4, 2013


By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.

It does not matter if you run a Fortune 500 company or a small pizza parlor, the NewYear is the perfect time for your to establish goals for the year and eliminate ineffective policies and procedures.  Think of January as a "clean slate", a chance to lay out the roadmap of where we want the next 12 months to take you and your company.   

Lessons Learned
Spend some time reviewing any mistakes or missteps made in 2012 and learn from them.  Do not let them bring you down, instead get inspired because you know that you will never make the same mistake twice.   

Paving the Road
After you have briefly reflected on last year's faux pas,  you must start paving your company's immediate future.  Block off some time early in the month and focus on your long term, short term and immediate corporate goals.  Write them down and share them with your staff, team or management committee. Planning the year in advance with produce incredible results.  Conversely, "failing to plan", as Benjamin Franklin said, "is planning to fail." 

Hard Decisions
As you layout your plan for the year you will undoubtedly be faced with some hard decisions. For example, if you productivity is down and it is attributable to various members of your team or staff, you may have to let those members go.  Don't be afraid to make changes if there is a chance that those changes will increase your success in 2013. 

Upset the Status Quo
Your company is a dynamic, living creature.  Therefore,  you must shake up the status quo and move past tired tradition.  In other words, now is the time to review your contracts, employee policies, vendor lists and make some serious changes.  Don't use a contract that no one at the company really understands just because you have used it for the past 5 years.  Similarly, don't continue to use the same vendors just because they are familiar to you. 

Get Inspired & Succeed
Take this New Year opportunity to remind yourself why you go to work everyday. Remind yourself of the goals, dreams and aspirations that you have back when you got your first job.  If you company had a great 2012 then get inspired to make it an even better 2013.  If you business ran into trouble or is failing, refuse to accept failure and move forward with renewed vigor and make 2013 an outstanding New Year!
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