“It seems we just get so busy that we forget to have follow-up meetings about our annual plan,” said Joyce. “We get busy, and before you know it, summer’s almost gone.”
“Do you have a 2013 calendar?” I asked.
“Well, yes, I think I have three.”
“Well, pick the one you are going to use this year and call a meeting,” I said. “And tell everyone to bring their calendars. This is not a very sophisticated management skill, but it works every time. Right, now, while your annual plan is fresh on everyone’s mind, schedule your follow-up meetings.
- April – half day to review first quarter.
- July – half day to review second quarter.
- October – half day to review third quarter.
“Get them on the calendar, now, so as time marches on, those dates are already protected.
“Schedule one to two full days in December to review the fourth quarter and to finalize plans for 2014. That’s it. Now, you have a follow-up plan in place. You will get busy, that’s why you have to schedule this stuff, now.”