Happy New Year, SmartCompany readers. I hope you had a chance to take a break over Christmas and New Year and are now raring to go for the year ahead.
While I’m not the type of person who makes (or keeps!) New Year resolutions, it’s around this time of year that I take stock on the year that has just gone and think about my plans for the year ahead.
I know for many busy entrepreneurs the year clicking over is also an opportunity to reflect on what went right and what went wrong in 2012 and think ahead to 2013.
When you are mulling things over, it’s important not to stress about the small things like dealing with politics within your team. Instead, it’s the perfect time of year to think ahead to your longer-term strategy.
Make January the month you think about your position in the market and the trends that could impact on your business. Think about how to make your business smarter and more agile. Think about setting the agenda rather than just being responsive. While a New Year resolution may not be for you, what about setting some long-term goals for 2013?
We want to help you here at SmartCompany so this week we are highlighting our most useful and popular articles of the last year that look at strategy. Things kick off today with the 10 key trends in 2012’s Smart50. Over the course of January we will be investigating the trends and legal and political changes that could affect your business in the year ahead. We’ll also identify those sectors which are set to fly in 2013 and those which will fail.
We’re excited about the new year. With a federal election on the horizon and the increasing globalisation of business continuing to play out there’s a lot happening in 2013. We will be there throughout the year making sure you get the news, analysis and expert commentary you need to make sure 2013 is a success.
So here’s to new goals for 2013 rather than tired old New Year’s resolutions.