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New Year's Resolutions in 140 Characters or Fewer

New Year's Resolutions in 140 Characters or Fewer

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We asked several prominent business leaders and management consultants to use a tweet to suggest one resolution you should make to enhance your life and your career in 2013. Here’s what they had to say in 140 characters or fewer:

Please remember to be polite to each other in 2013. In and out of business, manners go a long way. Thank you.
—Richard Branson, Chief Executive Officer, the Virgin Group

The greatest advice I can give is the greatest advice I’ve been given: be humble. It has changed me and I think about it every day.
Clay Christensen, Harvard professor and author of “How Will You Measure Your Life?”

Don’t try to be interesting; try to be interested.
Ping Fu, CEO, Geomagic and author of “Bend, Not Break”

Dedicate 1 hr a week to hosting office hours: open your door, block off your calendar & invite your team to drop in & share.
Caroline Ghosn, CEO, the Levo League

Stop agonizing about personal decisions & start asking, “What would I tell my best friend to do in this situation?”
—Chip and Dan Heath, authors of “Made to Stick” and “Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

Prioritize your tasks by importance & track your time to make sure you’re focused on what matters most.
Sheena S. Iyengar, Columbia Business School professor

Be courageous enough to take a risk on a new product, service, or business model that’s never been tried before.
—A.G. Lafley, former CEO, Procter & Gamble (PG), and co-author of “Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works”

Decide to get out of your own way in 2013 by focusing on that 1 experience, mentor or behavior change that will take you to the next level.
Stephen A. Miles, CEO, the Miles Group

Cut hierarchies by teaching senior managers to ask more questions than they answer & give more power to frontline employees.
Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies

Mean what you say, follow through, and be consistent in sticking to your principles. Don’t try to control people; connect with them. (@DovSeidman)
—Dov Seidman, CEO, LRN and author of “HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything”

Brady is a senior editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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