This is the time of year when many people resolve to change their behaviour, eat better, exercise more, or stop some bad habit. Even though many resolutions will be forgotten quickly, others will lead to positive change. Regardless, collectively we continue to make these annual resolutions.
According to Wikipedia,
A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year's resolution book "A course in happiness" ): "Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions". It is also noted that talking with a counsellor about setting goals and new year resolutions can help you keep those resolutions.
But if New Year's resolutions are so common for individuals, why don't companies make annual resolutions? I can't think of a good reason why not, so in this first year of operation, ember advisory resolves to...
1) Work hard to understand exactly what it is our clients value most; one client at a time
2) Align our company's success with our clients' success by linking a portion of our fees to agreed upon measurable outcomes
3) Share a portion of our time and profits with children and communities in need
As noted in the study referenced above, to stick to our resolutions it helps to have a plan and regular reminders. It also helps to share resolutions with others and ask them to keep you honest. In keeping with this, I invite you check back on this blog for progress updates. If I fail to report out on these three items, please give me a little push!
To start the year off properly, I've just signed on to a volunteer trip in February to Pedro Arauz, Nicaragua. Not only will I be getting started on resolution #3, it should be a good experience in collaboration, goal setting, and effective communication. The trip is organized by an exciting organization called Students Offering Support (SOS). Learn more at http://www.studentsofferingsupport.ca
Wishing you a very happy 2014!