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.