What did you want to accomplish this year? How far did you get? Where did you fall short? Why? If you reached your goals what will you do to celebrate? If your department didn't have a strategic plan does it have plans to create one? Who will set the direction and priorities for the department? Who will be responsible to taking action?
It's important we take time to reflect. We often jump into the next project without learning from the previous one but we can no longer afford to do that. Resources are precious and if we can save them or use them more efficiently by learning from our mistakes, then we need to make the time to do so.
Put your reflections to paper and vet them with your colleagues and stakeholders or better yet have them perform the same exercise and compare notes. Is everyone on the same page about lessons learned? Does your organization know how to move forward differently in 2018?
If you are unsure of how to progress, that's ok, but employ the necessary people within your organization, or an outside consultant *hint hint* to figure it out.
The new year is on our heels so let's make sure we can come out of the gate strong and hit the ground running!