Last year at this time, I wrote about my Three strategic pillars for 2011. This was inspired by Seth Godin’s post Year in review, Lyn Thain’s post here, and an idea from Chris Brogan about themes. Chriss suggests that what works for him is to pick and focus on 3 themes in your business and life that you want to develop.
In my post (Three strategic pillars for 2011), I stated that my three themes would be:
What happened ?
Well, let’s look at what has happened over the course of the last year for me to assess how I have done:
Looking back I would say that my choice of strategic themes have served me really well and have been my guiding lights over the last 12 months.
How do you think I’ve done?
Looking forward, I’ve spent the last few days thinking about what my 3 themes should be and I found myself thinking about new words. That’s where I stumbled a little as I found myself thinking that much of what I had thought about last year still holds for this year. So, I am going to keep two of the words from last year and add one new one. Here they are:
So, these will be my three strategic pillars for 2012.
To add a fourth ‘C’ into the mix there is a sense of ‘Continuity’ about them. For me that’s important as it implies that things are yet to be finished.
I have found this exercise to be a really important and useful exercise for me.
What I do know for certain is that over the coming year you and I will be presented with all sorts of new opportunities and ideas many of which will appear very seductive at the time. But, I know that to keep me on track and play to my strengths it has been incredibly useful to have a handful of ‘storylines’ or ‘themes’ that I can use as strategic filters to keep me on track and guide me as I move forward.
It works for me. How about you?
What are going to be your strategic pillars for you and your business for 2012?