We asked the contributors of Director magazine’s December/January edition to tell us their business resolutions for 2017. Here’s what they said…
For 2017, I will continue to focus on boosting my brainpower with good-quality sleep, the right nutrition and hydration, a variety of physical exercise and mindfulness activities. Also, taking these messages to a wider audience, including through my work as neuroscientist in residence at the Corinthia Hotel London.
Keep trying new things and finding more innovative, inventive ways of doing business for the greater good of our clients. Our goal will always be big ideas other people wish they’d done. Brexit is coming and we need to have our eyes open about the impact on clients – and on the people who work here. We need to be ready for when we know more.
I always write an exhaustive list of resolutions – it’s therapeutic. Work-life balance is always top of my list, though never achieved. In brief, more holidays, magic, laughter and finally complete my book. 2017 is about change. 2016 threw up amazing opportunities, now we
need to implement them with gusto and embrace each one as a team.
To do more with the African Children’s Fund. It provides children with meals to get them back into education, otherwise they would skip school to work for food money. We donate cash from every product sold, but I would love to do more to promote them. Also, I want to learn Mandarin, so I can understand more of what’s said on my visits to China.
My top business resolution for 2017 is to start holding virtual events so I can effectively reach thousands of people around the world each year without having to be there in person. For personal development, I really want to get decent at singing at least one Bruno Mars song, as people keep telling me that I look like him.
To develop a compelling pitch that convinces new clients to work on a retainer rather than a contingency basis, and to get better at overcoming objections to that strategy and avoid delivering services that are just a race to the bottom. On a personal level, I’m keen to undertake an “advanced chill-out course” early in the new year.