Leadership Lessons 2012 Specific Time of Year “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” ~ Unknown Rewind, Revisit & Review It’s that time of year again. As the winter break slowly approaches, your organization might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the long “to do” list that needs to be accomplished before the start of a new year. This is the time to remember the old adage from The Tortoise and the Hare fable – “slow and steady wins the race.” Review ◊ Are they still realistic? Can they be altered based on priority? Take a “3R” approach to determining what steps need to be taken to accomplish everything you need and want to before your group goes on a short winter hiatus. ◊ Review the goals and objectives the organization has for the upcoming spring semester. ◊ Facilitate a quick brainstorm of any additional goals for the spring that need to be added or deleted. Take a breath and go back to the start of the year. ◊ ◊ What was your original mission and vision for the year? Post your updated goals and information in a location that is visible and accessible to everyone. ◊ ◊ Remind the group of the role each member has in the organization and how they can contribute to the tasks at hand. Review and update the plan at each meeting throughout the remainder of the semester. ◊ Identify three to five things the group wants to – and can realistically – accomplish before the winter break. Take a look at the deadlines you created for projects or programs. Rewind Leadership Reflection… Tackling the To Do List Is your personal “to do” list getting a bit long? Do you have too much to do in too little time? Break it down! Revisit Blow the dust off the goals you set at the start of the year. ◊ Identify what has already been accomplished. ◊ What goals and deadlines still need to be met before break? ◊ Determine who will take the lead on each of the Take 30 seconds each day and open up your planner. Write down one ACHIEVABLE goal that you want to accomplish that day – maybe jot it down at the bottom of each daily section. Share your goals with others so they can help and support you in accomplishing them. Once you have accomplished them, cross them out in your planner– it will feel so good! goals to be accomplished in the coming weeks. 78 125 Paterson Ave, Suite 4 • Little Falls, NJ 07424 • (973) 256-1333 Fax (973) 256-8088 • www.paper-clip.com • Copyright 2011 Prepared for our institution by PaperClip Communications. Reproduced or retransmitted under license by PaperClip Communications.