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regarding budget parameters, reminding them that budgets should
be met and never exceeded without prior permission.
Synch Up with Your C-Suite
Meet with key business
executives at your company to
have a retrospective “synch up”
discussion about 2015’s business
goals: were they accomplished
or not, and why. This highlights
and reinforces the previous
year’s accomplishments while
also gauging whether your
current trajectory is consistent
with c-suite understandings.
Meeting with your c-suite further
develops your relationship with
team, but also to reassess whether
you feel fulfilled personally and
professionally. if not, now’s the
time to adjust your situation.
even if you’re happy with where
you are heading, there is always
opportunity for introspection and
self-improvement to make you
better at your current job. This is
not suggesting that you should be
looking for a new job if your career
is not heading in the direction that
you’d like. Rather see where there
is opportunity for growth in your
current position and determine
what you do and don’t like doing.
Have an informal discussion
with your manager regarding
where you’d like your career to go.
career development should be an
ongoing dialogue, not one that
only happens once a year at your
annual performance review.
Make Your Resolutions
don’t let January end without
making your own new Year’s iP
Resolutions. Make sure your list
addresses the challenges pressing
upon your iP department and
your company’s executives.
Be realistic in evaluating the
successes and shortcomings of
2015 and endeavor to transcend
them further still this year. engage
with senior executives—especially
your ceo, cso, c To, cMo
and cFo—to build rapport and
establish objectives in keeping
with their priorities as well as your
own. set goals for 2016 that are
measurable and attainable, albeit
with a stretch. And make sure you
and your team make space for
personal time to avoid burn-out.
imagine yourself next december
looking back at 2016 after you’ve
achieved your goals. Will you be
pleased with the results? if you
want the answer to be “yes”, then
make your plan now and resolve to
make 2016 a year of distinction.
your clients, ensuring mutual
value and understanding.
Your interest in their priorities
demonstrates that you appreciate
the information and resources
they can summon to help you.
Don’t Forget About You
When you’re part of a
corporation, it’s easy to lose
sight of your own personal
goals. This is a great time to ask
yourself whether you like the
direction your career is going.
if you’re not satisfied, consider
ways to change course within
your current position. it’s not
only important to look at your
business, its iP strategy, and your
are heading, there
you better at your