by Yvonne DiVita
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Just got off a call with the team. We're focused on 2014, which is just a couple of weeks away now. When you're in business, the New Year takes on a whole new perspective. You might be looking forward to the company party and all that good food and wine, but if you're in any kind of leadership role, you're truly focused on strategic planning, along with the congratulatory "great job!" slaps on the back you'll be handing out. Pun intended.
After much quiet deliberation; after many sleepless nights, pondering; after hammering my mentor with questions, I've come to a few conclusions about strategic planning, which I share with you today. If they help in your focus on 2014, I encourage you to share in the comments below.
1. First and foremost, be purposeful. Treat each and every day with intent.
For instance, I intend to engage with my team more than I have in the past. I intend to see each day as an opportunity. I intend to make things happen, rather than allowing things to happen. Being purposeful is the first step to achieving goals, in my opinion.