Plan for the New Year
Listen. Become a great communicator by using your ears more often than your mouth. You can’t really hear when you’re talking. Get feedback from your associates, your suppliers, other business people and your customers. Practice active listening by taking notes every time you speak to one of your constituents. Periodically take stock on how much you’ve recently learned just by listening to those around you.
Innovate. Find a new product, a new service, a new customer group or a new promotional idea. Re-energize your business with a new logo, new paint or a new location. Add a newsletter, a website or a blog to your portfolio.
Takes a Time Out. Quit patting yourself on the back for working 80-hour weeks for months on end. Go on vacation, sit on a beach, take a walk in the park or stare out a window. You can’t be creative when you’re burned out. Find a way to charge your batteries.