Avid sports fans start every season full of optimism about their team’s prospects, regardless of the previous season’s results. Cleveland Indians fans, despite a championship drought of 72 years, believe each baseball season brings an opportunity to win the World Series. And during their epic run of eight consecutive NBA titles from 1959 to 1966, the Boston Celtics were always working to one-up their previous season’s achievements.
While business is not a game, it still has a “season” – the calendar year from January to December. Like a sports team, the beginning of each new year is a psychological reset for leaders and team members. It’s a time to reflect on past performance and plan adjustments to improve in the upcoming year.