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Executive Resolutions for the New Year

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Wayne McKinnon, president of in Ottawa, ON, has noted "For decades scientists have endeavored to give computers artificial intelligence, but in the business world it has backfired. Computers are not thinking like people, people are thinking like computers…we have become interrupt-driven. This year, resolve to stop letting your email interrupt your day. Instead, develop better communication processes."

Wayne's observation is the result of The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® (SAC) asking its worldwide membership for New Year's Resolutions for clients. "We do this every year," says SAC CEO Alan Weiss, Ph.D., "because we feel there is real merit in leaders approaching a new year with some changes firmly in mind."

Pamela S. Harper, president of Business Advancement Inc. of Glen Rock, NJ notes that business executives will measurably benefit from resolving to uncover their assumptions before committing to new strategies. "Uncovering assumptions about your organization's capability and willingness to make changes happening in a timely manner enables you to set more appropriate expectations and metrics for evaluating results down the line."

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist and executive coach and president of Working Resources, a strategic talent management firm in San Francisco, CA. He specializes in emotionally intelligent leadership development with executives and lawyers. He offers a couple of insights.

"The secret to leadership may not be the inspiring vision, but the self-awareness to escape lapses in bad judgment. Socially intelligent leaders need to listen to feedback, make course corrections, and most importantly execute. Wise leaders correctly assess others' exceptional talent, but also recognize signs that others may be up to something inept or even unethical. Resolve to use good judgment and make great decisions."

"Strategy, teamwork, and other developmental activities are always remembered," says Weiss, "but we've found that an executive truly committed to just a few improvements or changes at the beginning of a calendar year will forge benefits if they're still being supported at the beginning of the second quarter!"

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