For some, making a New Year’s resolution is not only a tradition, but it is a way to make a promise to change a bad habit or to develop a positive one. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to learn additional skills, what should they be? And why?

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Employee surveys have been around for a long time. The current terminology is “employee engagement survey.” Years ago we called them “employee opinion surveys.” The goal of these surveys is to improve the organization.

The macro process is almost identical in every organization. First, the survey is administered, which involves a campaign from HR to maximize participation. A campaign is necessary because employees generally don’t look forward to participating. The results are analyzed and presented to the company. Managers and executives generally don’t look forward to this step. It’s often painful, but it’s considered necessary for improvement. Then, based on the results, strategies are initiated to improve the organization as measured by the next survey, and then the cycle repeats.

There’s a conundrum inherent in leadership development. The drive that energizes people to climb the organizational ladder can become a liability once they get onto its upper rungs – if they don’t change the focus of their efforts. Suddenly, high achievers find themselves with fewer upward rungs available to energize their growth and achievement. Even in larger organizations, leaders may wait decades for an upward rung to become available through retirement, organizational growth, reorganization or the departure of a more senior leader… and even then there are often several people waiting for only one opening on an upward rung.

A new year is a time of new beginnings and many people will soon begin new jobs. Here are a few thoughts about how to do make that transition in the best possible way. My hope is that readers will contribute their thoughts as well.

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I’ve been asked to share my top ten most viewed posts for 2015. Here they are:

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