CEO New Year Resolutions

December 15, 2014

CEO New Year Resolutions

I love hearing about the New Year resolutions of CEOs and frankly, I don’t hear that many. So I was happy to stumble across Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wishes.  Two years ago, he vowed to meet a new person every day that does not work at his company. Admirable goal for a CEO. And in 2010, he set his sights on learning Mandarin which we know he did (sort of) when he spoke in China at a university and got lots of commentary for his language skills. For the past year, he said that he was determined to write a thank you note every day. And not your ordinary thank you note but one that he described as “a well-considered thank-you note every day, via e-mail or handwritten letter.” I thought that was a great goal to set for oneself because we all know how critical CEOs can be and because I like hearing how a new crop of “civil” CEOs might be rising. CEOs set the tone for companies and this is a good one to model.

I am looking forward to hearing what he is up to for 2015 and will let you know if I find out what that is. 

I thought I should also add that Zuckerberg took this an extra step and created a thank you video to his wife which is pretty darn cute. 

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of corporate and CEO reputations.

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