Steering or Being Steered?

The Importance of the Mid-Year Business Review.


The end of the summer vacation is in sight. Have you taken a well-deserved break? Did you relax on the beach, or did you explore nature during a walking or cycling holiday? Maybe you just enjoyed the beautiful places in the Netherlands. The summer vacation not only offered an opportunity to relax, but it also provided a chance to reflect. You have not only been able to think about the successes of your organization, but also about the challenges. Are you still on track with the strategy you set at the beginning of the year, or is it time to come together with your team and discuss any necessary adjustments? You will find the answer to these questions in the Mid-Year Business Review.


You undoubtedly know the term Mid-Year Business Review. Perhaps you’ve already introduced it in your organization. It’s a systematic and goal-oriented evaluation that takes place halfway through the year. Yet, many organizations choose to schedule the Mid-Year Business Review just after the summer vacation. And that’s not so strange. On vacation, you step out of the daily grind and can literally reflect from a distance on the past months.


A Mid-Year Business Review goes beyond just evaluating KPIs. It’s an in-depth analysis of the strategies, processes and results of the past six months. This moment of reflection provides you and your team with insight into the current state of affairs within your organization. You identify what is going well, the challenges you face and the changes needed to achieve the set ambitions.


In the VUCA world we live in, a lot can change in six months. Market changes, new competitors, shifting customer needs or changes in laws and regulations can affect your organization. The quantity and nature of these changes can be overwhelming. With the constant flow of information and the challenges that come with it, it’s easy to get entangled in daily business and lose sight of the bigger picture. Without regular moments of reflection, you can lose connection with your core values, long-term vision and your ambitions. A Mid-Year Business Review serves as an anchor. It’s a moment when you pause everything and ask yourself a few crucial questions: Where are we now? What have we achieved? What can and should we do better? It also helps you to respond to all the changes and allows you to adjust the course of your organization.


The strength of a Mid-Year Business Review lies not only in evaluating what has already been achieved but also in anticipating what is yet to come. It helps you to be proactive rather than reactive. Imagine: halfway through the year, you read about a potential risk that could impact your organization. Or there’s an emerging trend that your organization can capitalize on. Thanks to this early awareness, you have the time and resources to adjust your strategy, seize new opportunities or avoid potential pitfalls. Without the Mid-Year Business Review you might continue with what you were already doing. The risk then is that you might miss out on many opportunities or face unforeseen problems in the second half of the year.


Now that you know what a Mid-Year Business Review is and why it’s so important for your organization, it’s time for the next step. You’re going to plan the Mid-Year Business Review. After all, a successful Mid-Year Business Review doesn’t just happen. You also want to have enough time for both preparation and execution. Therefore, schedule the review well in advance. Prior to the review, it’s important to gather all relevant data, reports, and feedback. Ask your team to analyze this information and reflect on it. Good preparation ensures that the discussion during the Mid-Year Business Review is focused and productive.


During the Mid-Year Business Review, it’s important that all team members feel free to speak honestly and openly. Encourage them to share both successes and shortcomings. By creating an atmosphere of trust, you get a realistic view of the current situation and can collaborate on effective solutions for the future.


The final step of a successful Mid-Year Business Review is translating the insights into actions. Conducting a Mid-Year Business Review has little purpose if nothing is done with the gathered insights afterwards. Determine together who is responsible for which task and what the deadline is. By making clear agreements on this and documenting them, you ensure that they aren’t just insights, but that you can implement targeted actions and improvements for the rest of the year.


Do you need help converting strategic insights into actions? Or is adjusting your strategy still a challenge? Let’s have coffee and investigate this together. Stay Future Proof is happy to help you with these challenges.

about the author
Carolijn Coolen
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve gained some valuable insights from the article! I’m Carolijn Coolen, Strategy Designer at Stay Future Proof. Want to learn all about strategy, innovation and transformation? Reach out and let’s talk!
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