While most sane founders do, of course, spend at least a few days soaking in the holiday cheer with their loved ones, we can't help continuing to work on our business to prepare for an even stronger new year - especially because we know our competitors are doing the same. Five key themes will allow you to successfully regroup for the new year.
By mid-December, you have hopefully drafted and communicated a strategic plan for the coming year already. But the holidays are also a great time for you to refine that plan and prepare for a successful kickoff when your team returns to work. It's often a good idea to start your new year with an all-hands meeting that launches various task forces and gets everyone re-aligned around your mission and vision.
As you iterate on your strategic plan during the holidays, you'll likely have many additional ideas for new task forces and one-on-one conversations that could help your employees get a fresh start on the new year. The holidays are a great time to build all those upcoming meeting agendas. Keep a running list of possible talking points for your upcoming one-on-one meetings with each employee.
You probably have many ideas for blog posts or speaking gigs that would help you promote your company's mission or its smart business tactics via a variety of media channels. The problem is that we rarely have time to write these articles! The quiet holiday season is a great time to catch up on our long backlog of blog-writing and conference presentation proposals.
Most successful entrepreneurs get where we are with the help of dozens of key advisors, investors, partners, users, and other founder friends. The holidays are a great time to thank these people for all their great advice and support. Whether you send a giant blast of emails or write classy individual hand-written notes, you'll find that gratitude will both improve your personal brand and make you a happier person in general.
Every entrepreneur should maintain short- and long-term to-do lists as well as lists of investors, journalists, partners, supporters, and acquirers that you want to keep in touch with. Such lists can naturally become stale over time, and the slow holiday season is a great time to review your lists and update your notes and status columns for each entry to reflect your new realities.
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