We asked the contributors to Director magazine’s December/January issue: What’s your new year’s business resolution – for your business and for yourself?
Sam Smith, founder and CEO, finnCap
Our new year’s resolution is to make 2016 transformational. We need to ensure the market recognises that, as well as small-cap clients, we can also work for much larger companies. Personally, I will be focused on raising our profile and getting the finnCap message out. We’re excited for where we will be this time next year.
Simone Lanham, co-founder, Incognito Artists
We’re looking at doing more bespoke stuff on a grand scale for 2016, and for more of those big opportunities to differentiate ourselves from the competition. For myself, I want to make sure people really do regard us as number one and feel confident we can look after them. We can see this – we need to make sure clients see it too.
Alice Walsh, founder, Alice Made This
One of our long-term resolutions is to grow as a ‘good’ business. I attended a conference recently on the importance of CSR and good governance. We currently manage this well and want it to continue as we grow. Personally, my resolution is to dedicate a quarter of my time to the core of the business, to stand back and take a big-picture view.
Shirley Soskin, managing partner, Silverhawk Partners
To ensure we have built-in resilience in the current climate, business needs to be agile. I never make personal resolutions as I try not to set myself up for failure. If pushed, I would say to continue to evolve my leadership style. When I ran a PR company in the 1990s, I was somewhat Thatcheresque. I’ve become much more collaborative.
Simon Hunter, CEO, Hunter Apparel Solutions
Our mission is to establish Hunter Apparel Solutions as the UK’s number-one provider of technical apparel and technology-driven service solutions for the uniform market by 2017, so 2016 is all about us building towards that. For myself, I want to communicate more. You can’t communicate with your staff too much.
Vik Verma, CEO, 8×8
I prefer incremental goals to grand resolutions. I believe we are in the first innings of a $70bn (£47bn) multi-innings opportunity. I want to build on our market leadership so we are known for cool, innovative products that provide tangible business value. My personal objective is to learn and accomplish one new thing every day.
What’s your new year’s business resolution?
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