2015 leadership questionsEach January, the members of our company get together to discuss the previous year and our objectives for the year ahead. We invite a few friends and advisors from outside the company to add a unique perspective to the discussions and to challenge our thinking. We ask ourselves the fundamental question: “why are we here?” This answer is our purpose, our ideal. And all of our discussions on our strategies and tactics need to come back to this purpose. Are we living up to that purpose? The decisions we make every day need to be aligned with that purpose. How often do you take a step back and challenge your team about why you do what you do?

Our agenda includes fundamental business topics: financial results, business development, and where we are heading as a company. Prior to these meetings, we interview every team member. We use feedback from these interviews to select agenda items and drive discussion. We ask the team members what drives them, what challenges them, and their vision for the future of the company. Yes, we’re a small company and it’s easy to interview 10 people. But, the information we gather is what helps drive our company further. And everyone is onboard for the ride, which is critical for creating a culture of growth. Are your team members onboard with your company’s purpose and vision?

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