Just a few weeks ago, we blogged about this being the ideal time of year for an annual meeting—a great opportunity to get your team together to reflect on past accomplishments and make plans for the coming year. This week the ABR team took our own advice and held our annual meeting in Cincinnati. It was great!
For the last few years, our annual meetings have been intentionally focused on analyzing our client’s journey with ABR and how we can improve our approach and processes. This year the leadership team made a conscious decision to focus on the ABR team. We didn’t want a typical annual meeting because we had so much to celebrate: we had a breakout year in 2015 and we’re preparing to celebrate our 15-year anniversary in 2016!
Therefore, we anchored our meeting around key principles of a healthy organization—clarity and alignment—and leveraged concepts from The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. We spent three days identifying our core values and answering six questions:
- Why do we exist?
- How do we behave? (our values)
- What do we do? (our business purpose)
- How will we succeed? (our strategic anchors, objectives)
- What is most important, right now?
- Who must do what?
The result is a clear vision of where ABR is headed and what each team member must do to meet the objectives we established in the meeting.
I can’t recall a time with ABR or any company over the past 25+ years (did I really just share that number?) when I left a meeting so fired up! This week gave me such a sense of clarity, accomplishment, and purpose for what my company, team, and I are focused on accomplishing. I am looking forward to celebrating the banner year of 2016!