I’m not really one for personal New Year’s resolutions.
But seeing as this new year is the start of a new decade and I’ve been in the Civil Service for 12 months, I thought I’d make a sort-of-exception and come up with and share my New Year’s professional resolutions.
- Innovation is like love – easy to say, hard to define. Best just get on with it and let actions speak louder than words.
- Trust instinct. Much of work is about familiar fixed patterns.
- Look at everything we do through the framework of behaviour change.
- Look at everything we do through the framework of saving money.
- Realise that change can happen overnight.
- Don’t over engineer. Remember that it’s easier to add than take away.
- Be frank. Have more straight-up conversations with people.
- Remember that people who know the rules best, know how to get round them best.
- If I’m looking for adventure, go out in search of truly strategic integrated communications.
- Be more honest which means being more creative.
- Comment on other people’s opinions and work more often. Appreciative inquiry is the way forward.
- Being optimistic is the catalyst for an open mind.
True – it’s a tightrope between cliche and mumbo-jumbo, but I’ve looked inside and those 12 really speak to me.
Have you made any professional resolutions for 2010?