As another year ends and a new one begins, I’m usually motivated to kick it off with a resolution or two. The resolutions usually involve some form of working out/eating healthy, getting organized, trying to save more money, etc. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks that way. According to The Daily Press, the top 10 resolutions are: to diet, quit smoking, exercise, quit drinking, stop procrastinating, save money, go to church, wake up early, stop cursing and read the newspaper.
I tend to be super motivated about my resolutions for about a month and then they are quickly forgotten. This year I’m going to try and change it up. In the past, my resolutions have always been targeted more on my personal life and not my professional life. They are also goals that span the entire year. So in 2011, I’m going to focus on making month long, professional resolutions.
In January I’m focusing on starting the year on a positive note. First, and probably most important, I’m planning to spend time recognizing my team and their accomplishments! When we look forward to a new year, it’s usually all about what we are going to do for that year, what we can change, how we can be successful. I think it’s important to reflect on the year that just ended and recognize the amazing accomplishments that made it so successful. My team of 20 is very geographically dispersed, and because I prefer to communicate this type of message live as opposed to in an email, we tend to get creative in how we do this while using our audio and web conferencing services.
I really like to keep the calls fun and active, since this is usually the only time we all get together throughout the year. Two years ago I had each person send me a fact about themselves that no one else knew. I then created polling questions listing the fact and giving five people to choose from. Each of the team members had to guess who the fact was about. It was a quick activity that had some pretty funny outcomes. Last year, I had everyone send in something that they accomplished personally within that year, which ranged from getting married to participating in marathons to moving into a new house and more. I put those facts into the first five slides of the presentation and had them on automatic cycle for the participants to read as they joined the call. This year we’re going to use streaming. All my team members have web cams, so we’ll be able to actually see each other while we’re on the call and can toggle our cameras back and forth depending on who’s presenting at the time. I think it will be great for all of us to put faces and voices together!
So that gets me through January, and I’m vowing to not forget about my resolutions this year. What other monthly professional goals can I set for myself? I’d love to hear what some of you are doing so I can replicate or build off of those. Please comment below! Happy New Year!
Nicole Scheel is the Director of Training, and the “Tips & Training Blogger”. Nicole has been in training with InterCall for eleven years and currently manages our internal and customer training departments, also known as InterCall University. Nicole has her Masters in Training & Development from Roosevelt University. When she’s not training someone, you can find Nicole volunteering in her community.