2012 Resolutions

I’ll remember 2011 as the year Kelly and I had our first baby, Jack. Starting our family has helped me grow as a person and as a leader. Being a dad made me more patient and added perspective to my life. Nothing beats hearing my wife yell, “Daddy’s home!” and seeing Jack’s big smile after a long day at work.

Being a dad has also given me a renewed sense of responsibility to improve at work. I hope I have an opportunity to grow with the company this year. If my responsibilities stay the same, I want to be the number one ranked manager in my position. I’ve finished in the top third every year since I started in my current role four years ago, but never finished first. 2012 is going to be my year. The vision I’m communicating to my sales team is simple: let’s make 2012 our best year yet with the company. Each individual and store I am accountable for will have a written goal for 2012 of beating the best year they ever had.

In 2012, I want to be more involved in the community. I sit on the board of directors for Family Life Education – a community outreach program in Hartford – and I hope to help them reach some strategic milestones this year. I’m going to join at least one more board in the community, maybe my school’s alumni board.

At home I want to be a better dad and a better husband. This year, I’m going to take my wife out an a couple more dates, give her a couple more back massages, and try to do a better job cleaning up after myself. For baby Jack, I’m going to read to him more often. As a family, we’re going to try to get to church more often, which is actually a lot more fun with a baby.

I always loved New Years Day and the ritual of setting resolutions, and I’ve always been obsessed with improving in all of the roles I fill in my life. This obsession is a virtue and a curse. I am sometimes too inwardly focused or technically sound at work or in life. I read a great line in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina that I hope will stay with me this year: “…one has but to forget oneself and love others, and one will be calm happy, and noble.” Happy New Year.

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2 thoughts on “2012 Resolutions

  1. John,

    A wonderful statement and excellent goals for the year, personally and professionally. Your line from Anna Karenina struct me, as it really speaks to the idea of “servant leadership.” With that as your guidepost, you are sure to develop into a better and better leader every day.

    Very best wishes,

    Michael B

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