As we start a new year, we all should focus on what we are going to work on to make 2012 better than 2011. You will hear some say New Year’s resolutions are worthless and so on and so forth. To be blunt, I think all that talk is silly. Now, one should never think they have to wait until the start of a new year to change habits or improve things; you can do that anytime, but if the turning over of a calendar motivates you to improve and change your ways for the better, that’s a good thing!

One of the best books I read in 2011 was Patrick Lecioni’s The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family. It’s a wonderful little book that speaks to something I’ve been saying for years. That something is my belief that we should use some of the things we learn at work at home. Anyway, I’m not going to share the whole book with you; let me just say if you have a family and you feel out of control at times, the book is a must read.

My accountability group that I run, Marty’s ACEs, read the book; and they loved it too. I made everyone in the group come up with a rallying cry, something Lencioni speaks of in the book. Just like a company needs a mission statement and/or some kind of focus for the season, families are well served to do the same. So, let me share with you my family’s rallying cry:

Spend more time together.

Sure, it’s simple, to the point. It’s easy to understand. My wife and I are going to work on this in 2012. Feel free to ask me how we’re doing as the year goes on. I hope you’ll read the book and I hope you’ll come up with a rallying cry for your family and, by all means, one for your business as well.

So, from my family to yours, Happy New Year and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2012. I am really optimistic for this year and I think it’s going to be a good year for business…..I really do.

The Grunder Family 2011

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