themoreyouThe 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


Photo courtesy of author.

Karin Hurt
Karin hurt is CEO of Let's Grow Leaders, a leadership consulting firm focused on helping companies achieve transformational results by building rock-solid frontline leadership teams.She has a diverse background of executive leadership experience in sales, customer service, call centers, human resources, merger integration, training and leadership development-- the last 20 years of which have been with Verizon.She most recently served as Executive Director of the Strategic Partnership Channel at Verizon Wireless where she transformed customer service outsourcing, working with companies and call centers to build great customer experiences and strong cultures. Her high-trust, high-collaboration approach has led to substantial improvement across the portfolio, with centers performing at parity or above internal centers.Prior to that she led a large Verizon Wireless sales team (2000+) leading the Nation in store sales to the Small and Medium business space. Her book, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide To Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss is available on Amazon. Karin has an BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she taught communications classes.She was recently recognized as one of the top 100 thought leaders in Trusted Business Behavior by Trust Across America and as Multiplier of the Year by the Wiseman Group.Karin lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons. She knows the long road of the marathon runner and the joy of good song, all of which inform her leadership.
Karin Hurt


Leadership consultant, speaker, author & MBA professor. Experienced Verizon Exec. Lead with confident humility. Become the boss you wish you had. #leadership
Head, heart, and stereotypes: The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-b... - 10 mins ago
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt