2012… Now What?


Engineering Success2012

2011 was the busiest year of my professional life. I worked hard, but did not accomplish all of my goals.

When I reflected back over the year I heard the words of John Wooden ringing in my ears “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

Living into my potential requires four BIG changes. Sharing them with you is my first step on this journey.

Accountability – I will be more transparent in my goals this year and increase the number of people to whom I am accountable.

White spaces – it takes discipline to protect meaningful blocks of time in my calendar. I will to fight hard to ensure that the URGENT does not cannibalize the IMPORTANT.

Utilizing my team – I will put more trust in those around me and give them space to do their jobs at a level of excellence while I do the same.

Saying no (more often) – I will remind myself daily that saying YES to new things cannot take time from my top priorities.

As you can see, I have a lot of work to do!

Do you have any advice for me? Or commitments to change that you want to make? Use the comment button below for either.


To an amazing 2012,

Sean Finter

PS: Don’t miss Sean at the Irish Pub & Restaurant Workshop, Jan 17 in Washington DC, and Cheers Conference, Jan 24-25 in New Orleans!









  1. Vincent   •  

    I like the idea that you’re working on changes Sean – although it’s hard to imagine that you are still improving on your success already. It’s inspiring to see that you’re still working just as hard to be even better when you’re seemingly already at the top of your game! I’ve made some adjustments to my routine in October. I didn’t see any reason to wait just so it’s a new year’s resolution. 

    My biggest problem was accountability – but that’s changed. By involving myself with like-minded others, my entire routine and goals have completely changed and it feels amazing. Looking forward to a great year!

    • Sean Finter   •  

      I have a lot of work to do Vincent! I am with you: More Accountability= More Outcomes. Let’s hold each other to that!

  2. Layne   •  

    I think it will be a good thing for our team to be more focused on OUTCOMES. I admit to just ‘going through the motions’ too often and not being invested enough in the finished product. Way to put yourself out there, I look forward to achieving these things as a team in the new year.

    • Sean Finter   •  

      I find that as “To Do Lists” get longer less meaningful OUTCOMES are acheived. Time to change that…

  3. Sean Finter   •  

    Great tip FBN. I am a big pan on Dan Pink’s work and i will revisit it to sharpen my focus.

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