Personal Resolutions are a Choice. A Professional Legacy is a Decision.

Happy new year!

People have different opinions about New Year resolutions. Some people seem to downright relish the idea of assessing where they are at the beginning of a new calendar year and setting out goals to improve themselves. Others emphatically embrace the idea that the best way not to fail to keep a resolution is to not make one in the first place. I think many of us are somewhere in the middle. But even if you are in the no resolution camp, I think we all benefit from thinking about our professional legacy.

Giver’s Remorse: Should an Unsuccessful Promotion be Cured by Demotion?

Pretty much everyone loves receiving gifts. When you’re a child, a brightly wrapped box and a shiny bow is the stuff of great childhood memories. And as we get older, we often find that gift giving is nearly as enjoyable as the receiving, perhaps because it’s just as gratifying to bestow that delight.

In our professional life, the gifts we receive early in our career include getting hired, receiving a raise or earning a promotion. And as we gain seniority, it’s often a pleasure to give those opportunities to someone else. To be fair, we tend to feel – if we