Mid-Year Check-In

Mid-year is the perfect opportunity to take quality time to recap as well as evaluate where we are to goal and make necessary adjustments. Take out those personal and professional goals/objectives (you know the ones you wrote months ago). How close are you to your targets? Any surprises? Congratulate yourself on your successes. How do you keep up the momentum? Next, look for shortfalls. What happened? What action must be taken, right now, to get back on track? Need to ask for help? Mid-year is the perfect time to schedule a formal sit down with your supervisor. Go over progress to ensure you are on the same page and that you have his/her support. If a bonus is part of your compensation be aware that dollars are often decided in November making second and third quarter performance the most important. Many of my coaching clients are working with me in this area right now.

If you manage people now would be a great time to sit with your employees and go over their goals to insure great results for the year. While we all know it is important to keep a tight grip on weak performers it is equally important to spend quality time with the stars and the reliable workers. No one tires of hearing they are appreciated.

So maybe everything is on or ahead of schedule. Great! Business is good and you’re a top performer. Fabulous! Have you forgotten anything? How are you doing on those personal goals? You know the ones that said you would read more literature, organize those files, increase your exercise, and connect with friends. The payoff in this category is big -- reduced stress, greater life satisfaction and connection. Almost all of us need to put a little more emphasis here. Now just might be the perfect time. Download the “Executive Checklist” off the web site ExecutiveCoachNY to get started.

One of the things many of my clients like about coaching is it helps them set goals and attain them. I don’t know about you but I am much more likely to get something done if I know exactly what I want to achieve, map it out and then agree with someone else I will do it. As a coach I often play this role.

So here’s your homework assignment:

Update or create three important business goals. Break each down into manageable steps, be sure they are measurable. Update or set completion dates (try not to have everything due in December). Then in one or two sentences describe what achieving them would mean to you and what it would do for your company or department (what are the wins?)

Next, do the same for your personal goals. Create or update. How can you measure them? When should you reach them? In one or two sentences what are the wins for you and how will it impact your family/friends?

It sounds easy, and in a way it is, but it take preparation, focus, commitment. Book the time and get it done. You will thank yourself at the New Year.

Jane Cranston is an executive coach, career coach and “The Job Search Expert” based in New York City. She shares with success driven executives and professionals techniques, skills and goal setting strategies that advance their careers, increase people management skills and assists them in career change or job search. Receive Jane’s free "Competitive Edge Report" and the free audio download “Creating a Career Strategy” by visiting www.ExecutiveCoachNY.com.

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Jane Cranston - Executive Coach NY (New York)Executive and career coach, “The Job Search Expert,” Jane Cranston understands the challenges and opportunities in the workplace. She integrates years of experience as an accomplished senior executive with global brand name companies, with the lessons learned from opening three successful businesses, and then applies her education and coach training. This sophisticated mix affords her clients her unique perspective, business sensibility, and entrepreneurial spirit.

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