Editor’s note: Going back through some of the Fordyce Letter archives, I discovered Paul Hawkinson’s resolutions for managers for the year 2004. As you will read, these resolutions are timeless and certainly apply today as much as they did seven years ago. I proudly share them with you today as part of the Best of Fordyce – may they inspire you to make 2011 your best year yet!
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- I will do more for my productive consultants and less for those who are just taking up space
- I pledge to set optimistic, but realistic, goals for my firm and my consultants.
- I promise to stop listening to economic doom and gloomers and other assorted naysayers.
- I will make every effort to regularly provide training materials to my consultants and to terminate those who won’t take advantage of them.
- I will constantly remind myself and my consultants that our primary thrust is not people-placing, but problem solving. Success always follows.
- I vow to treat employers with the respect they deserve but won’t forget that in our business, the customer isn’t always right, and I will not work with those who try to foist unworkable schemes upon my firm or my consultants.
- I will work for the good of the entire business, either personally or through active participation in industry associations.
- I will not demean my competitors because by doing so, I debase and dishonor the entire business I’m in.
- I will respect my consultants since they are the foundation for my success.
- I will be proud of what I do for a living.