Entries by Trevor Lee

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ONE THING I WISH I’D DONE

by Trevor Lee

One of the hardest things I’ve done in my professional life is lead an organization through closing. There were a variety of factors that contributed to the decision–scarce resources, leadership burnout, internal dynamics, and more. Looking back, I know we made the right decision, but one of the hardest things to come to terms with is that it might not have had to be that way. Of course, I’ll never know for sure, but I do know it wasn’t until we moved toward closing that the full picture of both the healthy aspects and unhealthy aspects of our organization became more clear. By that time it was far too late to try and do anything about them.

Whatever the outcome for the organization, I know for sure we would have profoundly benefitted from a third-party culture assessment years before we closed. Here are three reasons why a culture assessment is so important.

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MAKE SURE YOUR YEAR-END REFLECTION ISN’T A WASTE OF TIME

by Trevor Lee

When we had kids my wife started a tradition of doing a “New Year’s Interview” each year on December 31. It was sort of a personal “state of the union.” She wrote down things like achievements from the past year, favorite foods, and what they most enjoyed doing. As they got older it became something they could do for themselves and it became a useful way of helping them consider various aspects of their lives.

While intentional reflection is important for leaders throughout the year, the year’s end has a way of forcing that reflection when busyness has pushed it to the back burner. Reflection on its own won’t really be useful to you or your business though. When my kids fill out their “New Year’s Interview” as fast as they can and never look at it again it’s really a pointless exercise. So how can you make sure your reflection is worth the time?