2014 Resolutions

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    January 08, 2014

2014 Resolutions


Since we are already nine days into 2014, I decided I better nail down my resolutions. Yes, I need to exercise more, eat (and drink) less and continue to find balance in my life. But as the leader of an incredibly talented and creative group of individuals at Wray Ward, I also need to be sure I am continuing to learn, grow, stretch and set a good example for those around me.

1. Find inspiration in new and unexpected places.

Creative minds need to be nourished everyday. A stroll through a museum, an afternoon at the library or movies, reading through a pile of magazines, spending time on Pinterest or strolling down the aisles of my favorite stores while taking in the latest fashions and beautiful packaging, have always been an escape for wonder.

But this year, I want to spend some time with a young scientist, explore historic sites in North Carolina, plant and grow flowers that explode with color and take a pastry making class. Ideas can come from anywhere and inspiration is everywhere. Taking the time to do this will open my eyes and mind to new things.

2. Be informed.  

The industry and world have changed in what seems like the blink of an eye. I have years (and years) of experience in this business and yet I have so much to learn about our ever-changing industry, new technology, global commerce, shifting demographics, big data and selfies. It’s magical and empowering and humbling and scary, all at the same time.

We all have to commit to being life-long learners. A big part of learning is observing. And listening. This year, I want to learn something new everyday. From the pages of the newspaper (yes, I still like the print edition) to bloggers I admire, to the incredible young people with whom I work. Getting my head out of the weeds to take in air and the world around me will help me make more informed decisions in the year ahead and beyond.

3. Be bold.

If I can stick to resolution one and two, being bold should be a little easier. What keeps us from being bold in our idea generation and decision-making? Is it a fear of failure? That’s certainly part of it. Our agency has built its reputation on creativity and today more than ever, we must be bold in our thinking and our work. We must be bold in our expectations for each other and our future. It starts at the top. This will be the year I make some bold decisions, knowing there is risk and reward in it.

4. Be generous.

This year, I want to be more generous with my time, talents and possessions. Nothing feels better than giving back to the community that has been so good to me, giving a deserving co-worker recognition in front of his/her peers or giving a total stranger a friendly hello. I have so much to be thankful for and want to be mindful of the positive affect I can have on others. I want our young employees to feel the joy in volunteering and the responsibility in supporting worthy causes. I want our staff to feel the strength of collaboration and helping those around them.

I resolve to give more than I take in 2014. If I can do this, I will have achieved much.

I wish everyone a happy, inspirational, informed, bold and generous New Year.

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