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May is upon us, which means it’s time to start quarterly planning. You probably have an idea for what you want Q3 & Q4 to look like; you may have a list of goals for the second half of the year. To achieve these goals for Q3 & Q4, you must first reflect on the first half of the year and its takeaways. Floro Business Strategies breaks down quarterly planning and evaluation from a growth mindset:

What is a Growth Mindset?

People with a growth mindset embrace the attitude that their skills and abilities can be developed through dedication, hard work, and innovation. People with a growth mindset acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. People with a growth mindset do not simply settle for good but strive for excellence.

Approaching quarterly planning with a growth mindset will support improved processes, increase productivity, and ensure organizational success for years to come.

Reflecting on Q1 & Q2

As we prepare for Q3 & Q4 and begin planning for success, we must reflect. You cannot ensure success and growth without acknowledging what did and didn’t work the first half of the year.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself about Q1 & Q2:

  • What were your major successes?
  • What did you learn?
  • What can be done differently July-December?  
  • What new processes, approaches, or habits served you well in Q1 & Q2? What processes, approaches, or habits proved to be inefficient?
  • Did you face any major obstacles or challenges? How did you overcome these challenges? How would you overcome these challenges if they arise again in the future?

Planning for Q3 & Q4

Now that you have reflected on Q1 & Q2 from a growth mindset, you can create clear goals and objectives for July-December. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you strive for success in the coming months:

  • What do you wish to achieve in July-December? Of these goals, what are your top priorities? Do you have a timeline for each goal?
  • What skills or approaches are required to achieve these goals? Is additional training necessary to acquire new skills?
  • Do all employees and departments have a clear understanding of their individual objectives and how their roles contribute to organizational success?
  • What were your greatest takeaways from Q1 & Q2 reflection? What successful approaches do you plan to implement moving forward? What inefficient processes are you leaving behind? 

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