Happy New Year – Welcome to the official start of the new business year….

Happy new year,

Yes, you did read that right.  I was in Staples this past week with my kids buying school supplies and it was jam packed with people.  It sure seemed a lot like Christmas, just with note paper instead of wrapping paper.

One of my clients shared how her new year officially starts on the Labour Day Monday. I always find that day as the kind of paradoxical kind of feeling to it, a mix of quiet restfulness  combined with a chaser of anticipation. It feels like the eye of a hurricane – you know there is a lot about to happen all at once!

The new year is seen by many as the best time to make a career resolution. This week’s podcast is with Mark Di Vincenzo, N.Y. Times best selling author of Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon. A guide to the best time to buy this, do that and go there. In our conversation, he shares not only the best day to get operated on & fly without delays but, how to maximize your career options by doing the right things at the right time.

Will your resolutions be successful? According to a study commissioned by Australian drink manufacturer Carpe Diem, there were approximately 435 million New Year resolutions made in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Here are some interesting results on which countries population was most likely to keep their resolutions longer than four weeks.

1. Belgians: 53%

2. Dutch: 52%

3. Germans: 51%

4. Swiss: 46%

5. Austrians: 46%

6. Irish: 37% – Which really offended me…heck, I was born in Dublin.

7. Brits: 36% – As they say, God Save the Queen.

These results beg the question, “Why are people in Belgium more likely to keep their resolutions?” (It must be the chocolate!) What kind of career resolutions have you made? Maybe it was “return all voice mails”, “get my resume upgraded” or “look for a new career“, “upgrade your LinkedIn profile” or “start a job search“.

The key with keeping resolutions is to have a compelling and personal reason for change and a good support system in place to guide you and hold you accountable.  Did you know you are eight times more likely to follow through on your resolutions if you have a career coach? 2011 can be the best time in your career, it’s all up to you.   

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Getting ready, along the road with you!


Alan Kearns 


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