This time of year, everybody starts talking about their New Year’s resolutions, and how to start off fresh on Jan. 1. I remember when my family used to gather around the dining room table on New Years Eve, and my mom would pass us each a piece of paper and a pen. I also remember writing down items like “keep my room clean, make more time for health and exercise and keep my grades up.”

As much as I’m a relative newcomer to the business world, I think the organizations of all sizes could benefit from gathering this sort of basic ‘resolutions’ view of their world from team members at all levels as part of planning for the new year. Businesses are collectively about increasing revenue and expanding client bases, but individuals oftentimes ignore or don’t think about how they could make a difference in their business as an individual, and this seems to be undervalued by business leaders, as well.

The right mentality comes when you think “how will (insert improvement here) contribute to my work environment?” Every day is full of assignments, meetings, phone calls, email exchanges, etc., but we don’t take a step back too often to simply ask ourselves how can we better our agency or business?

At LPR, we’re focused on outcomes. We want to generate the best results for our clients as possible. There’s always room for improvement, and here’s a list of a couple ideas to potentially incorporate in the corporate version of New Years’ resolutions:

• Think more consciously about how your time spent is impacting your organization as a whole, especially when factoring in your clients or customers

• Think more critically about how you can improve your work, especially if one or more practices are not generating desired results

• Think more carefully about how you make daily decisions, especially when these decisions and the reasoning behind them will make a big impact

I think the business world, in general, has become too complacent with how things are. What if more individuals chose to be proactive, taking on some responsibility of improving the business in which they work in 2012? Think about how things could be.

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