1Q10

Green shoots showing amid brown stalks

Wednesday is the last day of the 1st quarter of the year.

Ye gads.
Feels as if the Christmas tree lights were just re-boxed.

Quarterly earnings reports are a big deal for public corps. Too big a deal, some say, because of their emphasis on short-term results.

Maybe it's my age showing, but I think 90 days is a long time.

If you made some serious personal or professional "resolutions" for 2010, and your progress is slim, well, 90 days is a looooong time. That is, you're pretty far behind the eight ball.

My point: I heartily urge you, in, at most, the next 10 days to issue a 1Q10 Results Report for Anne R. Smith, or Robert Edmonds or ...

I suggest that the report be Formal in all respects, and 2 pages or less in length (there can be Appendices). I suggest that it more or less cover:

• Progress, scored quantitatively, against key resolutions.
• Projects underway or completed and their score on a 1-10 "Wow Scale."* (*One
measure of "Wow": Odds that I'll be talking about this one 2 years from now.)
• Revised or new or discontinued resolutions for the year.
• Network development activities-plans-goals. (Be rigorous in your reporting.)
• Lifelong learning projects launched or completed. (Including coolest new area you're busy learning about right now.)
• Key steps for the 1st 2 weeks of the new quarter.
• Progress against a set of personal behavioral aspirations such as improvement at listening or showing appreciation or ...
• A 10-word summary of 2010 for you so far. ("Really demonstrating my project start-up skills."
• Overall "Grade" for the year to date.
• If you're a boss, specific successes at people development (answer in detail, no generalizations allowed—use Appendix.)

I suggest that this effort is worth a pretty decent investment in time.
And I suggest that you review it with a trusted advisor or two; otherwise it need not see the light of day.

[Some things have started but have a long way to go. Picture above, Spring in Tinmouth VT is a possibility but hardly around the corner yet!]