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How did 2017 turn out for you and your organization?


SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 220,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.

How did 2017 turn out for you and your organization?

  • Significantly better than expected
  • Better than expected
  • About as expected
  • Worse than expected
  • Much worse than expected

A good year, on balance. 46% of you had a better year than you expected. Congratulations! The majority of you (73%) got what you expected or more. For the 27% of you who had a worse year than you expected, I’m sorry. The big question for all of us is how to make 2018 a better year. While people are planning their resolutions, I encourage building in something around focus, prioritization, and perseverance. Those three abilities will cut across everything you do – both professionally and personally. They’re learnable skills. By focusing and prioritizing, you’ll do better work on the work that matters most. Build your ability to persevere when things don’t go according to plan. Make building these three skills part of your 2018 plan. Best wishes in the new year!.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Before launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He’s the author of three leadership books: “One Piece of Paper,” “Lead Inside the Box” and “The Elegant Pitch.”