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How is your business doing

How is your business doing

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Published by Jonathan Lewis
How’s business? How’s your team doing?How’s your organization progressing? Here’s one for you… How often are you exploring these questions? More importantly, when you do dive into them,
how often are you sharing your findings with the rest of your team? Information like: goal progress, upcoming changes, progress on changes recently made, areas of concern, areas for opportunity or celebration, etc. All of this information is critical to your organization’s success.
And yet, so many leaders miss out on the opportunity this information provides simply because they hoard it for themselves. Read more about the opportunity to help your business grow through the sharing of this knowledge with the rest of your organization.
How’s business? How’s your team doing?How’s your organization progressing? Here’s one for you… How often are you exploring these questions? More importantly, when you do dive into them,
how often are you sharing your findings with the rest of your team? Information like: goal progress, upcoming changes, progress on changes recently made, areas of concern, areas for opportunity or celebration, etc. All of this information is critical to your organization’s success.
And yet, so many leaders miss out on the opportunity this information provides simply because they hoard it for themselves. Read more about the opportunity to help your business grow through the sharing of this knowledge with the rest of your organization.

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Published by: Jonathan Lewis on Sep 17, 2009
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How’s Business?
By: Jonathan Lewiswww.YourBusinessByDesignCoach.com/sq
 
 
 
How’s business?How’s your team doing?How’s your organization progressing?Here’s one for you…How often are you exploring these questions?More importantly, when you do dive into them,How often are you sharing your findings with the rest of your team?Information like: goal progress, upcoming changes, progress on changes recently made, areas of concern, areas for opportunity or celebration, etc.All of this information is critical to your organization’s successAnd yet, so many leaders miss out on the opportunity this information provides simply becausethey hoard it for themselves.The old saying goes “Knowledge is power” which is totally true.The part that is so often misunderstood is who should be privy to this information/power andwho it should be withheld from.The general public is most likely on a need to know basis.But think through the others in your organization, is there any reason they should not be giventhe benefit of this information?Would it not be helpful for EVERYONE in your organization to know the goals and direction of the group?How else might they know what targets the organization is aiming for?How else might they know how much further is needed to go to hit those targets?Even just to have a better understanding of the stresses that may perhaps be placed ondepartments or groups outside of the one they work in can be helpful to different individuals.By sharing this information you are also in turn giving them the power to be able to help fixissues that may not have been known before and/or extend successes even further.And really, how else are they to know how much they are really appreciated for all their hardwork when success is achieved and can be celebrated together?Sure, you could hang up a chart in the break room for all to see and track progress.Or gather everyone up in the kitchen to have some cake and celebrate a particular success.
 
 But by investing the time to gather everyone up and blocking the time off to go over key metrics,concerns and accomplishments,People will be less apt to blow off the meeting, and be thinking of the 10 million other things thatthey feel they should be doing at the time since the time has been blocked off for it.One step further would be to take a meeting like this off site to completely alleviate the tendencyto get distracted with all to do in their office right down the hall.By holding this meeting off site, you will also potentially instill in those that attend that this is adifferent, more significant meeting than those regularly held throughout the work week and canalso really help people to understand the importance of the content that is presented.The fact of the matter is, that so many organizations plan at the beginning of each year and findtheir paths wandering throughout the year, only to get to the end of a year and find themselvesperplexed as to why they are not achieving their goals.A “state of the organization” type meeting can be a great asset to your organization by simplygetting people out of their working
IN
the business mode for a short, structured meeting to work 
ON
the business.Let me be clear with the intent of this meeting and what it is and is not meant for:
It is NOT meant for:
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Working on day- to-day topics (save those for your regularly scheduled daily/weeklymeetings)-
 
Brainstorming areas of concern (do your research prior to the meeting to get input onpotential concerns so you are not blind-sided, put on the spot, and the meeting also doesnot turn into a, for lack of a better term, “bitch session” where everyone just opens uptheir complaint valves)-
 
Singling out specific departments or individuals for constructive criticism (keep that in itsplace behind closed doors to deal with more individualized concerns)
DO use this meeting for:
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An organizational overview where topics pertain to the overall direction of the group-
 
Singling out individuals or departments to give public praise for successes-
 
Announcing upcoming initiatives for the organization and or specific departmentsLike any meeting, you will certainly get out of it what you put into it.This is not generally a meeting that is meant to be winged.This can also be used as a great way to highlight others by delegating portions of this meeting toindividuals that have a deep knowledge of a particular area.IE: Having the director of marketing deliver the marketing portion of the meeting OR having therecruiting coordinator deliver the recruiting portion of the meeting if these areas are importantfor your organization to be updated on.Again, make sure these people have the benefit of your thinking to understand what areas youwill be looking to hear about pertaining to their area to give them ample time to prepare.

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