This Should be Every CEO’s Holiday Wishlist

This Should be Every CEO's Wishlist - People Development Network
This Should be Every CEO's Wishlist - People Development Network

With the holiday season approaching, kids everywhere are beginning to cap their pens and finalize their wishlist. For my sons, they’ve got their eyes on an Apple Watch, video games and sporting equipment…and that’s just their top three.

2017 goal setting and planning is top of mind for CEOs and they are all thinking about how to set their organization up for success. Here are the most important things I think should be at the top of every CEO’s wishlist this season:

  1. Company-wide transparency. There are multiple ways transparency can help your employees and company succeed, from driving two-way accountability to fostering authentic recognition and coaching. #visibility
  2. Employee alignment. According to a report from HBR, employee alignment with 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
  3. 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 goalssounds like a CEO’s dream to me. #excellence
  4. 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 processI’d start by replacing heavyweight, cumbersome performance reviews with lightweight, ongoing feedback. #happyemployeeshappyCEO
  5. 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
  6. More hours in the day. Who decided 24 was enough anyway? #productivity

December is always a busy time for CEOs who are thinking about how to make their organizations even more successful in the coming year. But by taking the time to think strategically about how to achieve these six goals, these business leaders will be empowered to realize how they can create a more successful organization–one that keeps employees motivated, happy and doing great work.


Kris co-founded BetterWorks with the simple, but deeply held goal of helping people feel like they are winning at work. Previously, he pioneered a new category of software called "gamification" for customer engagement and employee productivity by founding the market leader in gamification, Badgeville, in 2010.
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