10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

It may be a little bit late, but nonetheless, I am announcing my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014.


  • I will stop creating retaliatory traffic problems for my rival colleagues near my office by moving the big plant outside my door into the middle of the hallway.
  • If it becomes necessary to create that bottleneck, I will not send an email to my assistant asking her to move the plant for me.
  • I will stop waiting for the sky to fall every time there is a weak jobs report.  I will convince myself that we will never have another recession as severe as the last.
  • I will put a small amount of the money I buried in my garden back into the bank.  At some point.
  • I will take Twitter more seriously.
  • I will submit at least one proposal response to an RFP in the language of Farsi, just to see if anyone notices.
  • I will agree with everyone who tells me that LinkedIn is going to put us out of business.
  • I will never say “I told you so” when they call in two months in need of immediate help on a search.
  • I will stop explaining the business model of retained executive search to well-meaning people who do me the “favor” of sending me resumes of their unemployed friends and neighbors.
  • I will submit my blog entries in a timely manner to She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed so I don’t have to resort to listing my New Year’s Resolutions next year.
John Salveson
John brings more than 30 years of experience consulting with a broad range of organizations, including life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, professional service firms, healthcare providers, retailers, service organizations and non-profit institutions. John helps companies define their talent needs and execute creative strategies to recruit and retain that talent.

One Response to '10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014'

  1. Lydia says:

    Loving the new years resolutions of this executive search consultant! I like especially the post about reexplaining the business model of retained executive search. It seems to me that this man has a high level of EQ (soft skills).

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