Leadership, Thinking

Three words for 2010

I realize it’s a few days into the new year and most people have already committed their 2010 resolutions to paper (or screen)…now its my turn.

Rather than use ‘resolutions’ to tell others what I plan to do, I began to use the “three words” method that I read about over on Chris Brogan’s blog. See Chris’s Three Words for 2010.

Before I give you my three words for 2010, let me take a second to look back at 2009.

My three words and their definitions for 2009 were:

  • Create – Whether I’m writing for this blog, working on my doctorate, working on entrepreneurial activities, working with clients or spending time with family, I want to be creating 2009.
  • Think – I want to think better. I want to think more creatively.   I also want to make other people think….this is what I’ll be working on for the coming year.
  • Lead – My goal for the coming year is to lead in everything I do.  This doesn’t mean I want/need to be the ‘best’ at everything I do (although it would be nice)…I want to be seen as a leader in the various aspects of my life.  My writing, my research, my work…I’m going to push to be someone that people look to for information and direction.

I wrote a mid-year review post to reflect upon what had happened in the first 6 months of 2009.

I think I hit my three words head on in 2009.  I created. I thought. And I led. Here’s a few highlights:

  • I became a better photographer and started a new photo blog called Photography Minute where I share tips, photos and reviews of gear that I’ve tried.  I’ve enjoyed that blog and look forward to doing much more over on the photo blog.
  • I’ve written a lot in 2009.  I have an article coming out this month in Cutter IT Journal and have two other articles submitted to academic journals.
  • I’ve reconnected with someone I shouldn’t have lost touch with.  After reconnecting, we wrote the aforementioned Cutter article and are talking about a few other projects going forward.
  • I helped the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) roll-out a new website which has received pretty good feedback. Like everything, there are problems that need fixed but when you compare the new with the old, the new is better.
  • I hope I’ve written some good stuff on this blog that made people think. My “New CIO” Series is something I’m very proud of and hope to continue the series into 2010.
  • Another series that I’m extremely proud of is my “Sunday Links” posts.  In those posts I try to point you to some excellent content around the web. I’ve gotten great feedback on this feature and will continue providing this service as long as you keep reading it.

Overall, 2009 was a pretty good year. I did leave the independent consulting practice that I’d been building in Feb 2009 and have enjoyed the work at the BSA but I do miss the excitement and changes that come with having different consulting clients and gigs.

What I didn’t do well in 2009 was “Create”.  Most of my accomplishments from this past year were based around “thinking” and “leading”.

So…onto 2010.  What will it bring? I don’t know…but the three words that I’m using to drive me in this new year are:

  • Create – While this was one of my words for 2009, it is something I want to continue to focus on for 2010. I want to write more original stuff. I want to create something that I can build on for the future…perfect segue into the next ‘word’.
  • Build – I want to build something memorable, lasting and worth the effort.  What does this mean? I really don’t know just yet…but I want to find out.  I want to build my own future rather than let someone else build it or dictate it to me.
  • Engage – One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do better is engage more.  Engaged with my readers. Engage with other bloggers. Engage on twitter and facebook.  In general, engage with people more online and in real life.

Those are my three words and the driving forces behind my 2010.

What’s yours?

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About Eric D. Brown, D.Sc.

Eric D. Brown, D.Sc. is a data scientist, technology consultant and entrepreneur with an interest in using data and technology to solve problems. When not building cool things, Eric can be found outside with his camera(s) taking photographs of landscapes, nature and wildlife.
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Chris Brogan
14 years ago

Engaging. Comments are a great way to engage, don't you agree? The problem with comments is that they don't often remind me to come back. That said, I think comments are a good “shoulder tap” to remind people you're watching. : )

14 years ago

Comments are a great way to engage and a method that I fail to use more often than not. Thanks for watching Chris 🙂

Nehal Kazim
14 years ago

I like build. Build can mean a lot of different things but for you Eric, it might start with building stronger relationships with your readers, your fans or even colleagues. The power of a strong relationship between to individuals can't be measured but the business that's created from that relationship definitely can.

Strong 3 words. I wish you the best in 2010! 🙂

PS: Check out my 3 words.

14 years ago

Build is a word that can mean quite a bit…and I hope I can live up to it!

Love your words – Patience. Persistence. Prayer. (Read them at http://nehalkazim.com/vision-and-growth%20/3-wo…). Great stuff.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Gene De Libero
14 years ago

Engage, Create, Build. Very powerful words by themselves. Together, they provide a strong foundation for success. Just look to the Founding Fathers of our great country (and it is the greatest country in the world) or business leaders like Carnegie, Gates, Buffet, Kroc, Walton, and Grove for proof. The list could go on and on. Think about it – they all share the same drivers: Definitely engaged. Creators of the future. And builders of memorable, lasting things (and worth the effort). I like your drivers in 2010, Eric – and you're already walking the talk. We've re-engaged after some time… Read more »

14 years ago

Thanks Gene – great advice.

2010 will be a great year…looking forward to getting some things done this year with you.

14 years ago

@GeneDeLibero – i mention (but don't mention) you in my post on Three Words for 2010 – Wish we hadn't lost touch – http://bit.ly/4yN9yz

14 years ago

#scouts #bsa My Three Words for 2010 http://ow.ly/16gHIo

14 years ago

My three words for 2010 (i.e., my resolutions for the year) – http://bit.ly/4yN9yz