How to take stock of your year - Boostalab

Everyone knows that getting an annual check-up with a doctor is an excellent idea. It allows us to get a clear picture of our health, and identify any small issues before they become big ones. Well, the logic of annual check-ups also applies to our lives, our careers, our families, and our teams.

 

The year end (or the new year!) is a good time to step back and take stock of what’s most important to us, and to assess our personal and professional undertakings. What am I most proud of this year? What bold actions have moved me closer to my goals? How have I embodied my values in my personal life and at work? What isn’t adding value in the way we function as a team?

 

For some, looking back on the year is a well-rooted ritual. Others do it informally and rather intuitively. Conversely, you may be someone for whom it’s quite a feat to find but a brief moment for yourself in the whirlwind of life. Whether it’s the first or the twenty-sixth time you take stock of your year, this guide will help you ask yourself some new questions and identify the most impactful actions you can take to move closer to what you really want.

 

WHEN?
  • At year’s end, when it’s time for taking stock and making new resolutions. Or perhaps not: you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to do this!
  • When you need to make an important decision.
  • When you feel out of sync, or that something is off.
  • As a team, to learn how to better work together.

 

HOW?
  • We’ve proposed three steps: The first two are individual reflections and the third is conducted as a team. You can undertake the process in its entirety, or complete one or two exercises, as you wish.
  • Complete the first two steps individually. Your colleagues can also complete the exercise on their own. Discuss the results with your colleagues. Sharing your results can lead to authentic conversations and a greater understanding of each other’s needs.
  • Invite the whole team (natural team, project team, management committee…) to a meeting and follow the steps proposed to conduct a team assessment. Question the added value of certain practices and share the responsibility for improving the way you work.

 

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