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In 2014, I Will …

In 2014, I Will …

2014In 2014, I will …

  • Write a better book
    • Update: Well, I think I have … but the reader will be the ultimate judge
  • Find a new publisher (that believes in me)
    • Update: Not yet.
  • Convince HBR to feature me more than once
    • Update: Failed (only once) but did sign a contract with Forbes to start in 2015 (I also started writing at Huffington Post)
  • Re-read more Handy and Drucker
    • Update: Done. Delightful.
  • Be invited to speak at the Drucker Forum
    • Update: Done. Also delightful.
  • Visit Europe at least three times
    • Update: Done. Paris. Amsterdam. London. Stratford. Vienna.
  • Reach out to those I’ve dearly missed
    • Update. I’d give myself a B. Not quite as good as I expected of myself.
  • Respond to more tweets without including the original one (ie. just converse)
    • Update: Definitely. It’s been fun.
  • Reveal more of my true personality publicly
    • Update: Well I believe I’ve accomplished this, but who really cares?
  • Stop using 2.0 after anything
    • Update: I had one flagrant foul, but in my defense, I was relating back to 2008 when I used it.
  • Become more conscious of where I buy things from
    • Update: The January-April experiment of not buying anything from China was very, very hard.
  • Continue donating money and time to those in need
    • Update: Done. >$1500 donated in various forms and time given in multiple ways.
  • Accept my weaknesses & celebrate my natural strengths
    • Update: Utter failure.
  • Temper my ‘quick to judge’ tendencies
    • Update: Tempered, yes. Eradicated, no.
  • Enjoy the opportunity of launching a start-up consulting outfit in an $11 billion company
    • Update: It had its moments, but so far so good.
  • Read at least twelve books
    • Update: Nine, dammit. (but I am going to Maui and there is time left)
  • Tell better stories when I’m speaking
    • Update: The audience is the ultimate judge, but I believe I’ve worked hard on this one and seen some good results.
  • Shift ten pounds of weight around
    • Update: If I grab two pounds of skin from each side of my stomach, and shift it to the back, does that count?
  • Learn to take stunning photographs
    • Update: I have definitely learned how to do this. So much fun. (see below)
  • Pay it Forward more than I did in 2013
    • Update: Accomplished.
  • Answer every comment on this blog
    • Update: It was close, but no, I did not.
  • Assist Denise through her career decisions
    • Update: Hooray! We stayed put.
  • Support the goats through yet another transition
    • Update: If by transition you mean “we’re moving” and then “we’re staying” then yes, accomplished.
  • “Live well, love always and laugh out loud every day” (© Brian Reid)
    • Update: In spades.

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  • Angela Alini / 3 January 2014 8:26


    A very aggressive set of goals….which I have no doubt you’ll achieve;)

    Happy New Year!!!!


  • Dan Pontefract / 3 January 2014 9:08

    Thanks @Ang but I might need your help on a few of them.

  • Brian Reid / 3 January 2014 10:47

    I am looking forward to seeing you revealing”more” of your true personality. The listed goals already show lots, and, no surprise, goodness en route. Enjoy the voyage. 😀

  • Dan Pontefract / 3 January 2014 12:44

    Thanks @Brian … bon voyage indeed. (the “more” comment is not being afraid to let loose … perhaps more so than I do now 🙂 )

  • Jon Husband / 3 January 2014 5:49

    Charles Handy FTW !

    He has affected my life ever since age 35 much more than I would have liked (but all for the better, it’s just that I have found being a Handy acolyte demanding).

    • Dan Pontefract / 4 January 2014 3:21

      Having the chance to meet him, hand him a copy of Flat Army, and for him to sign Beyond Certainty with “Best Wishes Dan and thanks for the book” was a moment I’ll cherish forever @Jon.

      And @Mike … you’re on!

  • Mike Desjardins / 3 January 2014 9:23

    Love love love this! Let me know how I can help along the way!

    • Dan Pontefract / 10 January 2014 12:15

      Thanks @Mike. And you bet … although you already have.

  • Margot Cook / 9 January 2014 10:04

    Putting your list “out there” is the first step in achieving your goals for the year. Wishing you much success!

    • Dan Pontefract / 10 January 2014 12:14

      Thank you @Margot. I am definitely ‘out there’. 😉

  • Tania / 15 January 2014 12:27

    To reach all that goals, you’ve made for yourself, one must work hard. Hope, you’ll come up with great results at the end of 2014.

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