During your goal setting, keep an eye on requirements but don’t worry about the details of how to accomplish each goal. Stay focused on what needs to happen, not how it will happen.
Therefore, you should always look first at the improvements that can be made the quickest and that will provide the biggest boost to productivity. Maybe it’s training for your existing staff or realigning responsibilities to balance the work load. Maybe it’s eliminating discretionary expenses or budgeting your spending to provide for growth. Maybe it’s reviewing your financial statements for accuracy and adequacy before pursuing funding. Whatever the answer, how will achieving this goal help you to achieve the next goal?
Once you have your goals in order, you must decide how you intend to achieve each goal. Starting at the beginning write down any and ALL ideas about how each goal can be achieved. Review your list of possibilities and rank them high to low for effectiveness and achievability. You have just completed your to do list. Take your to do list and make your best estimate as to when it can be completed. Be sure to assign a realistic time frame for accomplishing each task individually and a means by which you will know it has been accomplished. Remember you can’t do everything at once and it can’t all be done by tomorrow. Creating this timeline of progress towards your long range goals will give you positive proof of progress. The final step in creating your road map is to delegate these tasks to your staff. In delegating you should keep in mind the ability of each staff member to accomplish the task successfully.
Time to implement The Plan. Gather your staff and share your findings. Review your assessment of the current situation in a positive manner, emphasizing that a better working environment and working life is on the way. Tell them what your goals are for the dealership and the benefits they will derive as you achieve your goals. It is important at this point that your staff understand your commitment to your plan and that they are important in the achievement of your goals. Meet individually with each staff member to delegate the specific tasks you have assigned to them. Discuss how they will carry out their task, define the successful result and expected completion time.
I have always found that if you set your goals high, let those involved know what you expect of them and make sure they have the tools necessary for success, people will exceed your expectations almost every time. Good luck and have an exciting year.