Early in the last year, senior executives and\n\nmanagers foresaw a future of business growth and by year-end the\n\noptimism continued, with about three-quarters of them seeing employment\n\nincreasing or staying the same during 2006.\n\nThe majority of business leaders also are optimistic about economic\n\nconditions for the next year, with the majority positive about both the\n\neconomy and business growth.\n\nThe biggest challenges to maintaining levels of business are\n\ncompetition, business growth, finding qualified people and workload,\n\nbased on NFI Research nationwide surveys. \n\nTo bring business to the next level, the majority of executives and\n\nmanagers see finding qualified people as the biggest challenge.\n\nSo, based on our surveys of executives and managers over the\n\nlast year, here are some thoughts for resolutions as we prepare for the\n\nyear ahead.\n\nTake more vacation. By the end of the year, 96 percent of\n\nsenior executives were entitled to three weeks or more of vacation,\n\nthough only 66 percent expected to have taken it. While 79 percent of\n\nthem were entitled to four weeks or more, only 37 percent planned to\n\ntake it. And of the third of executives and managers who are entitled\n\nto five or more weeks, only 10 percent expect to take it.\n\nGet the CEO out. The majority of executives and\n\nmanagers say the chief executive is spending too much time focusing\n\ninternally and on investors, and not enough time with customers or\n\nclients. Cut down on office politics. The top annoyance to the\n\nmajority of executives and managers is office politics. Time to focus\n\nmore on the customers and the business and less on internal issues that\n\ndon\u2019t move the business forward.\n\nIncrease respect for other people\u2019s time. The\n\noverwhelming majority of executives and managers say that conducting\n\nbusiness would be easier if more people would respect other people\u2019s\n\ntime.\n\nCurtail loud cell phone usage. Again, one of the top\n\nannoyances to people at work and on the road is over-the-top cell phone\n\nusage. Everyone can relate to this one.\n\nRun meetings efficiently. Also near the top of the list for what would make conducting business easier. Also helps to show appreciation for people\u2019s time.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGive someone a second chance. The majority of business leaders say they wish they had been given a second chance one or more times in their career.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCut down on interruptions. The majority of senior\n\nexecutives and managers are most often interrupted 11 to 40 times\n\nduring a typical workday, with three quarters of them having the\n\nlongest stretch of uninterrupted time of less than an hour. People need\n\ntime to think.\n\nTap into your greatest strengths. About three fourths\n\nof executives and managers say their department or organization does\n\nnot tap into their greatest strengths extremely well. Time to highlight\n\nthose strengths that the business may not know exist. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nNo matter what resolutions (if any) you select for the next 12 months. We wish you all a safe, prosperous and healthy New Year!