Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.
John Lennon once sang ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’. In this case I’m going to have to disagree with him because I love making plans!
Fraser and I have spent hours and hours planning what we’re going to with each room we’re renovating in our old French house, not to mention plans for the barn and garden. We also have long planning session about Elephant. And travel. And other business ideas. And writing…. You get the idea!
I know that many HR teams and managers have been super busy through the pandemic and a lot of our plans went out the window, so my two questions to you are these:
When was the last time you sat down with your team and had a planning session? About what you want to achieve in the next 3 months, 6 months or the next year?
When was the last time you sat down with your partner or family and planned something fun? Whether it’s just a movie night, a short get away, changing the rooms in your house around (guest room becomes one of the kids rooms?) or anything that would give you a buzz?
Sitting down and planning something can be fun and productive. It looks to the future, it gives us something to focus on and sets out something we want to achieve. If it’s been awhile, then perhaps it’s time to put some time aside and do some group planning.
And there’s some great ideas out there for making your planning session more interesting:
I don’t think life is what happens when you’re making other plans. I think planning is a great part of life and finally it might be time we can look forwards again. If you have any suggestions on venues, tools and techniques for planning – please feel free to comment below.
Also there’s still time to complete our HR Survey about what’s been happening over the last year. Please do click here if you’ve got a minute to fill this in.
Angela Atkins is the co-founder of Elephant Group who now operate in NZ, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. She is the author of the Bites series of books and is about to launch Management Bites Global edition. She now lives in the south west of France.