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‘Tis The Season…For Your Outlook on 2011

The Roman god Janus, who gave his name to our month of January, was always portrayed with two faces: one looking back and one looking forward. We took a brief look back to the closing year last week. It’s time to ask ourselves some questions in regard to the outlook for the coming year. Many consultants and CEOs, especially Verne Harnish head of Gazelles, Inc, have repeated these questions.

1. What is one thing that will make me more effective if I stop doing it?

2. What is one thing that will make me more effective if I start doing it?

3. What is one thing that I need to be sure I keep doing?

4. Repeat these questions but substitute your business for you in each question?

5. How do you think economic trends will impact your business in 2011?

6. List the three most important objectives for you business in 2011: What will you do? How will you do it? When will you do it? Who is responsible?

7. What personal and professional development goals have you set for 2011?

8. Who can help you meet those goals?

9. What is my vision for the future of the business? How has it changed from last year?

The better you can answer these questions, the higher the odds you will reach your goals.