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Labour Day is a turning point for business

Guest Blogger | September 6, 2012

Ellis Orlan, BA, CPA (IL), CGMA, SF Partnership LLP, Toronto, ON, CYBF Mentor, eorlan@sfgroup.ca

I’m never really sure what it is about Labour Day and the feelings it creates, but I think for the most part it marks the end of summer and the beginning of serious business season.  More so than January 1st, September 1st is a time for business people to focus, buckle down and get serious.  September is also a time to evaluate where you are with the goals and objectives you have set for yourself and figure out what you have to do to maximize your success leading into year-end, as well as looking out into 2013.

I could go on about SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible), but we’ve all heard that before and the truth is, in recent years as it relates to goals and objectives, I’ve found that the effort I put into execution (the time I invest in action steps), that’s where the rubber meets the road in goal setting for me.  September is a time when the car is backed in the laneway and it is “ready set go” for the Tuesday that follows Labour Day.  In fact, in recent years, I usually spend a considerable amount of time on Labour Day Monday getting ready and preparing for the launch of what is the most serious business season of all – fall.

So, if you are like me and you are not sure what it is about Labour Day…be it the fact that the kids are going back to school, or maybe it has something to do with the word “labour,” the point is it really does not matter what drives the feeling, it’s all good.  What matters is starting early, on the right foot and getting serious about a strong finish to the year, that’s really the important thing now and at the end of the year when you are looking back. So if you have not shared this view of the September long weekend before, I encourage you to reconsider your feelings and see why Labour Day is always a turning point in my calendar and for any business.