January Tip Sheet

A new year often begins with new resolutions. People resolve to diet. To stop smoking. To exercise. To adopt new habits. I have resolved to start doing crunches twice a day (Captain in the morning and Nestle’s at night)!  But what about making some resolutions to improve how we act and interact with others in the workplace? Here are some profile-based resolutions that could be helpful:

High A – I will be more open to the ideas of others. I will provide a “conflict-free” idea exchange when interacting with Low A profiles.

Low A – I will stand up strongly for ideas that I truly believe in to ensure that appropriate weight is given to my concerns.

High B – I will provide verbal discussion “previews” or agendas to co-workers before meetings to facilitate better discussions.

Low B – I will be more responsive to verbal and email communications of others.

High C – I will relay items to Low C profiles quickly and succinctly.

Low C – I will make sure that critical agenda items are completed before accepting new projects.

High D – I will provide the basic outline or summary sheet when dealing with Low D profiles (I will rely on them to ask me questions if they need additional information).

Low D – I will provide more detail and reasoning when dealing with High D profiles. (I will try to provide illustrative examples).

Over 1 MILLION people gather in Times Square, New York, to watch the famous ball drop to ring in the new year and welcome in their resolutions – but a whopping 1 BILLION people are estimated to watch it on television!

The most common resolution is to exercise more (about 37% of resolutions).

About 22% of resolutions fail in the first week, 40% in the first month and 50% within 3 months.

Americans alone drink an estimated 360 MILLION bottles of champagne (which is ironic since cutting back on alcohol consumption is consistently the 2nd most popular resolution made).

Of those achieving their resolutions, about 40% were successful on the first try. The rest took multiple attempts with as much as 17% taking over 6 tries.

The number one reason for failed resolutions …. lack of a clear goal.