I’m not a big fan of social media. In and of itself there is nothing wrong with it, but I think that people were not set up to communicate this way. All of the negative aspects about “us” tend to come out in social media platforms. I suspect that has to do with the simple fact that the communication is not in-person. When communicating over a medium like the internet, we are distanced from the person we are communicating with. They is no feedback, no cues, nothing to reign us in, calm us down, or cues to guide us. Instead, we run full bore ahead without really thinking about what it is we are saying and how it may be perceived by the person reading it.
The business review goes by many names. The Monthly Business Review (MBR), Quarterly Business Review (QBR), and the Executive Business Review (EBR) are the most common. While there are many names and they happen at different frequencies, they all serve the same purpose: demonstrating the value you provide your customer.
Goal reviews are a great way to keep yourself on track to achieve your objectives. Most people are familiar with goal setting, especially around the New Year. We set goals and commit to achieving them. Sadly, just 8% of us actually follow through on our New Year’s resolutions, and regular goal achievement throughout the year is not much better. Goal reviews are quick and easy way stay focused on what you really want.
One of the best ways to improve any business interaction is to assume positive intent, that is, give people the benefit of the doubt. Assuming positive intent makes it possible to have a productive conversation without defensiveness shutting it down. What’s more, assuming positive intent demonstrates your leadership qualities. You show that you are seeking solutions instead of someone to blame.
Lifelong learning might be a cliché phrase, but that doesn’t change the fact that in today’s business world you must keep learning to remain relevant. Lifelong learning is about acquire new skills and open yourself up to new opportunities that will enhance your career, make you more valuable to your employer or future employers, and even improve your pay. Fortunately, there are so many options for continuing your learning there is really no excuse for not doing this.