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5/21/2019
2019 Executive Forum

Feature: Making Your List of New Year’s Resolutions
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By KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, FEIAA Vice President (P382)

A time-honored tradition is to begin a new year by making resolutions. Below are some highly recommended resolutions for leaders—you can tailor them to your specific personal context, but be sure to write them down. Remember that you are 42 percent more likely to accomplish something if you write it down!

1. WORK ON YOUR CHARACTER AS SERIOUSLY AS YOU WORK ON YOUR COMPETENCY.
It’s rare that a lack of competency fells top leaders, but a lack of character does.


2. SMILE MORE.
People around you react to your emotional vibe. Projecting an upbeat attitude generates more positive energy, reduces stress, and increases productivity. 


3. SCHEDULE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS.
Start the day by deciding on what’s most important and allocate adequate time on your calendar. You will feel accomplished at the end of each day. 


4. DON’T JUST TALK, LISTEN. DON’T JUST LISTEN, ACT.
Many leaders enthusiastically start the new year with their action plan and are eager to get everyone on board. Effective leaders spend time listening to and gathering input from everyone before putting them into an action plan. 


5. BELIEVE THAT YOUR EMPLOYEES DON’T WORK FOR YOU, BUT THAT YOU WORK FOR THEM.
A servant’s heart beats within the best leaders. They treat their employees with kindness, respect, and empathy.

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