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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?