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What's your outlook for 2012?

A new year is the perfect time to create or renew your plan. Whether they're for a department, a business, or one's own life, smart people know that it's much easier to succeed with a plan.

Last week I invited readers to take a few minutes to review how they did in 2011.

Clearly it was a tough year for many people; but it was encouraging to see that at least some people consider this past year as one that was fairly successful, overall.

I'm 100% certain that having a clear plan for one's life makes a great deal of difference to their overall level of satisfaction.  Unfortunately, most individuals - even those who create department plans at work - don't set aside much time to make decisions about the track they'd prefer for their own career.

To help you contemplate what action steps may be needed to ensure that your next year is better than this one, here are five questions to answer:

Regardless of your personal beliefs about the outlook for 2012; here's the good news -

There's plenty of time to shape your own future.  It doesn't take much to improve your odds of success to  ensure you end the new year in better shape. Organizations of all sizes challenge the environment and overcome the odds.  Smart individuals take a clue from organizations about how to take control of their own destiny.

Consider these near-death/then turnaround, stories:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Apple (before Steve came back and threw out the CEO)
  • Clint Eastwood who became a director when nobody wanted to hire him because he was too old.
  • Hyundai
  • Walt Disney who was personally "bankrupt" and "finished" several times.

I encourage you to take control of your life and your career and make a plan - it's never too late.

John

Business and Leadership Coach

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John M. McKee is the founder and CEO of BusinessSuccessCoach.net, an international consulting and coaching practice with subscribers in 43 countries. One of the founding senior executives of DIRECTV, his hands-on experience includes leading billion d...

8 comments
sysxadmin
sysxadmin

The Bible is the book for life, outside of that man can do/say anything. Any job in front of a monitor can be shipped anywhere around the world, the speed of advancements will eliminate jobs. However, there will still require people to keep them up, I would say smaller companies would be better, but you have more headaches to deal with. Big mega corps will be around, but they treat people like cardboard, they recycle them and don't blink an eye. India/China is going to be a heaven for companies to outsource jobs and I see this increasing than decreasing in attrition.

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

for my life. I prefer to think of life as an ongoing journey requiring navigation charts with the caveat that storms and hidden features may require course corrections!

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

"Only people making over $250,00 will pay higher taxes" - according to the President. Must be I got a big raise and someone forgot to tell me. ;-)

sysxadmin
sysxadmin

I think the President has since lowered this number to $200,000 now and this is classified as being ultra rich. This includes small businesses and look at how they are NOT hiring due to these socialist policies crippling the economy. I wonder if people out of work are enjoying the hope now and change, vote him in again and watch the destruction of free markets. I would like to see him get re-elected just for the misery index of the (people who want hand outs) who voted for him.

mdng
mdng

OMG, i found myself stuck at the low-end, should i do something or just kill myself :-)

RizalAziz
RizalAziz

I like your "near-death/then turnaround, stories". Great.

dgfsadmf
dgfsadmf

Good suggestions, and I especially liked the near death/then turnaround examples at the end -- good things ARE possible!

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