With the holiday season approaching, kids everywhere are beginning to cap their pens and finalize their wishlists. For my sons, they’ve got their eyes on an Apple Watch, video games and sporting equipment…and that’s just their top three.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of BetterWorks, on a mission to help companies power high performance and focus their people on the work that matters, I couldn’t help but think about what a holiday wish list would look like for CEOs gearing up for the new year.
Here are the seven things I think would—or should—be at the top of every CEO’s wishlist this season:
- Company-wide transparency. There’s multiple ways transparency can help your employees and company succeed, from driving two-way accountability to fostering authentic recognition and coaching. Here’s even more ways, if you’re curious. #visibility
- Employee alignment. According to a report from HBR, employee alignment on a shared vision and across teams is the key to high performance. In fact, 100% of companies with higher-performing employees have linkage between corporate and individual goals. #walktheline
- Increased operational excellence. What’s operational excellence? Glad you asked! It’s the result of driving better alignment, visibility and progress on an organization’s goals—sounds like a CEO’s dream to me. #excellence
- Engaged, motivated employees. What better way to start the new year than with an engaged workforce? Turns out, it’s as easy as making a few changes to your performance management process—I’d start by replacing heavyweight, cumbersome performance reviews with lightweight, ongoing feedback. #happyemployeeshappyCEO
- People working on the right stuff. Sally on your team shouldn’t be editing her Instagram photos at work. Setting top company OKRs and communicating them to the entire company helps keep employees, like Sally, focused on what really matters. #helpsallycrushit
- Deploy BetterWorks. We’ve helped over 90% of our customers increase transparency and alignment…whoa, that’s 1 and 2 on this list! We’ve also helped 72% of them increase employee engagement…hey, that’s 4 on this list. #engagement
- More hours in the day. Who decided 24 was enough anyway? #productivity
If you have other ideas for what you think should be on this list, I’d love to hear from you—just leave a comment below.