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Fourth Quarter – Finish Strong

Fourth Quarter – Finish Strong

Posted on: September 29th, 2021

In business, just like in sports, the fourth quarter is a critical time to ensure you finish strong and achieve your goals.  This week ushers in the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2021 and this is the time to make sure you are on track to deliver on your goals, objectives, and initiatives for the year.  Will you accept the current course and direction, or dig in to ensure the win?

Four Tips

Here are our top four tips to use in the fourth quarter to finish strong:

  1. Review your goals, plans, and objectives for the year and flag any items that are in jeopardy of being completed by December 1. Think of this as an annual self-review, where you make sure you are on track to deliver all that you promised or were delegated.
  2. For any items that are not on track to be complete, develop a new plan to ensure you can deliver successfully.  The team, approach, attention, and prioritization may need to be adjusted dramatically to make sure you hit the mark by year-end.  Now is also the time to get assistance if a victory is not in sight, whether that be assistance with the strategy and direction or the execution of tasks.
  3. Review your budget to ensure the monies approved and allocated are being deployed appropriately.  If you have excess funds in your budget, leverage those dollars to ensure success for any lagging goals or initiatives. In many organizations, budgets are “use it or lose it”, where monies unused this year may not be allocated to your budget next year.  If there is no excess money in your budget, consider seeking additional funding to ensure you meet your goal.
  4. Be a team player and check with your leader as well as your direct reports to help them meet their goals for the year.  Much like the airline safety instructions, be sure to take care of your own oxygen mask before helping others.  Once you are on track, you are well positioned to help your teammates finish strong too.

Finish Strong

Coming from behind and winning is the mark of real winners.  So, the fourth quarter is the time to do everything possible to ensure a winning year for you, your team, and your organization.  Use this week to make sure you are on track to finish strong.

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