We initially posted this blog at the end of last year, when it was prime time for making lists and checking them twice. The blog focused on tips for identifying the pertinent personal and professional goals for 2020, such as improving workplace productivity, managing relationships, and scheduling time for fun. Now we are revisiting those 5 questions and tips that helped you narrow down your list before, and we encourage you to check your progress on those 2020 goals. We have also added more resources to help you obtain the greatest positive impact for you, at home and at work.

  1. Is that one thing really worth it? Don’t keep spending time and energy on tasks, people, customers, reports, problems, or whatever it may be, that undermine your happiness or your organization’s goals.

Tip: Take the time to be clear about what you should be doing, as well as what you shouldn’t, as you review your 2020 goals and your progress on them.

  1. Is this the year of your elephant? So often, I see organizations tip-toe around issues, personalities, and problems that are obvious to everyone, but no one wants to “rock the boat.” However, at the same time, isn’t that elephant sitting in on and disrupting every meeting, taking advantage of privileges, leading managers around by the nose, or stirring up one conflict after another? Isn’t the result of appeasing the elephant weighing down your organization’s morale, energy, leadership confidence, and overall productivity?

Tip: Continue utilizing a planned and focused organization development methodology to address and eliminate the elephant to give your organization the push it needs to flourish.

Bonus: Check out this NextPlane article to understand some of the key differences between healthy and unhealthy collaboration cultures and to know where you stand.

  1. Are you being too serious? I’m not advocating you relax the quality of your work or the commitment you have to your organization. What I am suggesting is that you wish for and find a way to balance personal time with time dedicated to hard work and 24/7 expectations.

Tip: Somewhere among all the things you’re doing, you need to have fun. That can take a lot of forms: workplace potlucks, planning time for vacations, spending quality time on a hobby, taking a class and expanding your interests, or whatever you enjoy that can recharge you.

Bonus: If you’re looking for a fabulous book on the importance of play and creativity, don’t miss reading Play by Dr. Stuart Brown.

  1. Have you made learning a priority? Professional development is one of the key areas that gets cut during organizational hardships. The sad thing about that is that we all need continuous improvement. It doesn’t matter if it’s people skills, leadership techniques, certifications, or staying up to speed on the latest technology impacting the way we work. In this global environment where the only thing we can count on is change, learning is important for sustaining a competitive advantage.

Tip: As 2020 is over halfway through, continue doing what you can to invest in your mind and spirit or, if you’re in a position to do so, open your organization up to investing in your employees. You may find working with an executive coach is a great way to invest in development while having the least amount of disruption on your productivity.

  1. Can you report on the ideas of others or just yourself? So much of our focus these days is on “ME.” Take 2020 to move that focus and make it all about your colleagues, co-workers, customers, family, and new acquaintances. Improving communication and collaboration in the workplace is important for creating and sustaining trust, as well as motivating risk-taking and innovation.

Tip: Have an inquiring mind that wants to hear their stories, ideas, opinions, and experiences. Learn to use your ears more than your mouth. Value the input and feedback from others, and reinforce their value and contributions to the organization.

Bonus: With such a high demand for virtual work these days, consider working with technology solutions (e.g., NextPlane) that help your teams collaborate across multiple platforms.

We hope that creating your goals list based on these ideas went a long way toward introducing and sustaining positive personal and organizational change. And we expect that a revisit to these goals and your progress on them will continue leading you to success for the rest of 2020.


This blog was written by Deborah A. King, SPHR, RCC, the CEO and President of Evolution Management, Inc. Debbie and her team are energized about transforming human performance through the evolution of workplace culture. Contact EMI for more information about how we can assist you personally or to help achieve organizational change: www.evolutionmgt.com / 770.587.9032.