Happy New Year from the Chamber! We’re excited to see all that 2016 has in store and we’re grateful for another year to advance our mission of continually improving the quality of life in our community by inspiring and facilitating business success. We’ve dedicated countless hours to preparing exciting events and impactful programs for the benefit of our Investors and community partners. We’ve set many goals for our programs, but also took some time to develop resolutions for ourselves as well.
See some of the resolutions Chamber staff have made for 2016:
JOHN KIMBRELL: In 2016, I will work to make the Greenville Chamber the go-to organization for business success for all business through partnerships and relationships.
RIONNE RIDGEWAY: My NYR is to follow this piece of advice from Mark Twain, “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” Plus, once I’ve done the thing I want to do least, everything else should be a piece of cake (in theory at least).
NIKA WHITE: To continue to help greater Greenville recognize the value that inclusion plays in creating a vibrant and thriving economy and remain committed to ensuring that all segments of the local community have the opportunity to contribute to the economic well-being of the region.
TAMI MILLER: My New Year’s Resolution for 2016 is to re-organize my personal workplace environment and to replace “multi-tasking” with prioritized project schedules to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
JASON ZACHER: Improve Time Management: It is critical that I efficiently manage my time at work. Not only for the clear work reason of ensuring the 8 hours I spend in the office are well-spent, but because my wife is a corporate attorney, I have two kids, and I still enjoy training for endurance sports. Email and mobile phones are the worst productivity destroyers in the office. I get an average of one email every five minutes (every two minutes on busy days). My plan for 2016 is to schedule time to read and respond to email and block out "do not disturb" time in my calendar each week for the strategic and creative work I need to do.
MARION MANN: Kindness with a smile, an offer of understanding or a helping hand can make a huge impact on both the giver and the receiver. As 2016 approaches, what I want most for myself and others is to take the time to be kind in our daily lives - at work, with family, with community and at play - it matters.
LORRAINE WOODWARD: My resolution is to be more organized. My goal is to make a ‘To Do List’ at the end of each day listing what I need to accomplish the following day and stick to it! If I do this, I should be able to prioritize better and allow myself time to get out and visit more investors, answer emails, and still complete my daily management duties.
HANK HYATT: The Chamber's Intercommunity Leadership Visit to Austin last fall tied together many strands of thinking about how Greenville can accelerate high quality growth in a way that recognizes the contribution of all parts of the community. My resolution for 2016 is to engage a diverse cross section of emerging and established regional leaders as we explore how to implement learnings from this visit.
As for me, I resolve to read more in 2016. I’ve found it challenging to set aside time to read (after all, it’s so much easier to allow TV and social media to fill my free-time) but I hope to dedicate more time to reading as a way to learn new things, improve my focus, and fuel my creativity.
I hope that these resolutions that our staff have shared will inspire you to set goals for yourself.
As you contemplate the ways in which you can improve in 2016, we encourage you to allow the Chamber to assist you along your journey to professional success. We would love to see you make it your resolution to get more involved with the Chamber! Not sure where to start? Contact us and we will be more than happy to help!
Want to start attending more Chamber events? Check out our Events Calendar. If you have goals that aren’t so work-related, check out our Business Directory to see how other Investors can help (hello gyms, financial planners, etc…).
Have you been inspired to make Chamber-related goals? If so, let us know in the comments below! Happy 2016!