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Lessons from school prep

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As children prepare for a new school year, consider what it takes for them to succeed. They need to get outfitted with the right supplies, commit to goals and ensure they’re going into the classroom with the right attitude.

Guess what? These same preparatory steps apply to you, too.

While kids need notebooks and backpacks, managers need tools and resources that help them track productivity and measure employee performance. August is a good time to review the yardsticks you’re using and assess whether to replace or supplement those metrics for the rest of the year.

As priorities change, so do performance expectations. Confirm that you’re monitoring what matters most going into the autumn months.

Just as the most enterprising students set goals as they begin a new term, you can benefit from establishing benchmarks to track your progress and list what you want to accomplish. If you already set annual goals at the beginning of 2010, review them to determine how you’re doing more than halfway into the year. If you’re falling behind, make adjustments to catch up.

Finally, check your attitude. Children who enjoy school tend to earn higher grades. If they wake up miserable every morning, it’s harder to extract the most meaning from daily experience. The same goes for you.

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