Beyond New Year’s Resolutions: Building on Your Leadership Success

by  Karin Hurt  |  Leadership Development

The new year brings great opportunities for resolutions, goals, commitments and planning.  Some great thought leaders have been sharing insights and inspiration on how to approach this important time.

John Bossong inspires us to “create a new finish line,”

“Create a new finish line. That’s what you can do in the New Year.  Who cares what happened in 2012 that didn’t work out.  You failed.  So what. You learned. You grew. Every failure was an opportunity, right?  Or is it just a failure?”

Ben Lichtenwalner shares a useful list of potential resolutions for leaders in his post New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders.

I also wrote on the topic, Discard and Replenish:  What Will You Stop Doing in 2013? 

I believe in taking time to rest and reflect. I believe in  New Year’ Resolutions. I have a nice list for 2013 as well.

What worries me, however, is that when we focus so much on what we MUST CHANGE, we can easily  overlook what is working well.  What MUST WE CONTINUE?

And so as you are moving forward with your New Year’s Resolution Implementation Plan, I also encourage you to ensure you have stopped to consider the following questions:

  • What was your biggest leadership contribution in 2012?
  • Whose life did you most impact?  How?
  • What is your team most grateful for? Why?
  • Which of your  leadership strengths were most important in 2012?  Why?
  • How can you continue to build on those strengths?
  • In what areas did you grow the most?
  • What did you do to create positive change?
  • What did you learn?  How do you know that learning will stick?
  • ?

Growth involves change.  Growth also involves understanding what is working so you can replicate it.

What must you continue in 2013?

See Also:

Post Mortem of Success


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Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant and MBA professor. She’s a former Verizon Wireless executive with 2 decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. She was recently recognized on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Speakers for your next conference, AMA’s 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, and Trust Across America’s 100 Thought Leaders in Trusted Business Behavior.  »  View Profile

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Terry  |  05 Jan 2013  |  Reply

Great article. Thanks. I particulary like your emphasis on what to continue rather than what to change. So far this new year I’ve been focusing on what I didn’t achieve in 2012. In doing so I’ve forgotten the people have had an impact on during 2012. In my mind this has been viewed as the day job. In striving to achieve our goals I think we miss the positivity around us every day.

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