As we creep ever closer to the end of 2019 (can you believe it?!), now is a great time, as a business, to reflect on the past 12 months and ask yourself: What has worked well in your business? and What has not worked so well in your business?

Sometimes, we get so consumed with the day to day activities of actually running a business, that we neglect to take the time to sit back and review.  But it is so important that we do.  If we don’t carve out the time to do this, how can we ever improve, learn and grow?

Here are our 6 tips for getting the most from your Review and Reflect session: 

  1. Stay focused

Set an agenda and stick to it.  Without an agenda, conversations can easily wander off to different territories and before you know it, the time is up and you haven’t discussed what you initially set out to.

  1. Take it off-site

It’s all too easy when you’re in your usual place of work to get called off to attend to an urgent email or customer enquiry, so we would highly recommend taking your review and reflect session off-site.  A new environment can be quite inspiring, help members of the team relax and get creative ideas flowing!

  1. Ensure the key members of the team are there 

Taking the time to review and reflect is imperative to the success of any size business and it’s important to have all key members of the team involved, as there may be certain members of the team that have managed a particular project and therefore can provide insight into the pros and cons – and so take the time to ensure that the people who can add value are there.  If you are a smaller business, consider calling in some external support.  It could be a member of your family, a friend, mentor or a professional agency.

  1. Don’t rush – carve out enough time

Sometimes, the run-up to Christmas can be a pretty busy time and so if it’s proving difficult to schedule a few hours in, pencil it in for early January.  This can be equally as effective and everyone involved will be approaching the session with a fresh and well-rested pair of eyes.

  1. Be honest, Be brutal 

To get the most effective use of your time, you have to be honest and be brutal.  If you haven’t completed certain tasks you set out at the beginning of 2019 – own it and be honest as to why.  Covering up and making excuses will not help you move forward.  If it was because you didn’t have enough resource – say it.  If there wasn’t enough budget left – say it.  Then and only then can you understand the whys and how you overcome this for the upcoming year.

  1. Celebrate the successes 

Don’t forget to celebrate the successes you have had as a business.  No matter how insignificant you think the success is – recognise that you have moved forward as a business.  Celebrate and congratulate any team members involved – this is great for morale and will spur you on!

If you would like Prestigious PR to help with your Review and Reflect on 2019, drop us an email info@prestigiouspr.com or call us 07738065396.