Tanveer Naseer

Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Writer

What Have You Learned Going Forward?

Leadership end of year reflection advice

With only a few days left to this year, it’s natural that many of us are now breathing a sigh of relief that we’ve seen through the completion of another year at work. And if you’re one of the fortunate ones in today’s tough business climate, you’re probably also feeling that sense of relief that comes from achieving the goals we set out for ourselves, our team and our organization 11 months ago.

While many of us use the last week of December to rest and recuperate, it’s important that we not overlook the opportunity this time presents for reflection and review.

Indeed, whether this year was full of successes or losses, there is much that we can gain from the exercise of assessing not just what went right/wrong and why, but whether our efforts, culture, and beliefs remain aligned with our organization’s shared purpose.

To help with this process, I’d like to provide you with a series of questions to help you assess what lessons and insights you’ve learned over the past 12 months as you guided your organization towards your shared goals.  For those who’d like to examine some of the questions in further detail, I’m also providing a link to a piece I wrote this year that reveals something about each question and what you can do to help your employees to achieve their shared goals.

  • In those situations where I misread or misunderstood what was really going on, were there commonalities among the missing pieces that highlight a potential blindspot in my leadership?
    Recognizing The Perception Gaps In Your Leadership
  • How consistent have I been with my actions and words? Is it clear to my employees what my vision is of what I want us to accomplish and why it connects to what matters to them? And have I consistently provided them with the right conditions to be successful in their efforts to fulfill this vision?
    5 Key Steps To Cultivating Success In Your Organization
  • Do I encourage and remind my employees of the importance of taking breaks from work both to reconnect with their family as well as to recharge their batteries to better manage the challenges going forward?
    Are Summer Vacations Becoming A Thing Of The Past?
  • Do I facilitate a learning environment where failures are treated as opportunities to better understand our processes/market, or do my employees focus more on deflecting blame and accountability? How attentive are we to the needs/requirements of our customers and those we serve?
    Are Your Actions Setting Up Your Employees To Succeed?

Although these questions are not comprehensive, they will help you to reflect and review the various decisions and choices you’ve made in terms of the key lessons you’ve learned this year.  Lessons that you can put into use in the coming year to help you do a better job serving those under your care in the months and years ahead.

And on that note, as this will be my last post for this year, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all my readers for your continued interest and support for my writings on leadership and the challenges organizations face in today’s competitive global market.

It’s been my pleasure and honour to know that these writings have served both to inspire and encourage you to take full advantage of your ability to help those under your care to succeed and thrive. I look forward to seeing where this journey will take us next in the months to come and what lessons we can learn together as we move forward into the new year.

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7 Comments » | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | December 25, 2012 by |

  1. On December 27th, 2012 at 10:59 PM Skip Prichard said:

    Thank you for the comprehensive list of questions to ponder during the holiday season. I love spending a few days at the end of every year to reflect and refocus for the coming year. This list is a helpful starting point.

  2. On December 30th, 2012 at 1:26 PM Tanveer Naseer said:

    You're welcome, Skip. Taking time to reflect on where we've been and what we'd like or need to accomplish next is important and valuable to do. I'm glad you found this list of questions to be of help in beginning that process.

  3. On December 30th, 2012 at 6:17 AM Jim Matorin said:

    Nice technique Tanveer framing your questions around previous posted materials so we can take time out and reflect.

    Two things: 1.) Sea of Distractions – I am focused, not sure some of my clients are. I am going to help lead them in this area, but more importantly for me re: Sea of Distractions I am going to work on my company's messaging. There is a lot of noise out there. Cutting through the clutter in the future is going to be essential for all good leaders.

    2.) Thank you for all the wisdom you shared this past year. In my book you are one of the most generous, authentic people I have met in cyperspace. I wish you and your family the best in 2013. Happy New Year!

  4. On December 30th, 2012 at 3:44 PM Tanveer Naseer said:

    Thanks Jim; I thought this would be a nice way to both encourage my readers to use this holiday break to reflect on the past year, as well as to remind them of some of the ideas/insights I shared over the last 12 months that they might want to review and consider as they look forward to 2013.

    Thanks also for the kind words; I too am grateful to have connected with you. One of the biggest gifts my writings have given me is the opportunity to connect with so many thoughtful, insightful and giving people like yourself.

    Extending best wishes to you and your family for 2013 as well, Jim.

  5. On January 2nd, 2013 at 8:29 AM Vance Gaines said:

    I learned a lot this year. Mainly the importance of family, and how to deal with failure. I visited my dad this summer, and I think we finally started connecting on another level. As for failure…So far, I haven't given up on my dreams yet, and I hope that I could continue moving forward in 2013.

  6. On January 9th, 2013 at 6:03 PM Len said:

    Great post, always feel there is room for some improvement. But, I want to focus more, find time for work, and improve the quality of work.

  7. On January 11th, 2013 at 8:23 AM Tanveer Naseer said:

    Thanks Len; glad you enjoyed this piece and that it got you reflective on where you need to put your focus on improving this year.

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