The first couple of weeks of January are usually a fairly laid-back affair in New Zealand. As a population, we tend to 'get away' after the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We camp, we get out on the water, we hike, we read, and we share each other's company over food and drink. Corporate offices and factories are usually fairly quiet, with skeletal staff keeping things ticking over until things get underway again, usually in the second or third week or the year.
One of my habits during the summer break is to think about the year ahead, to get a sense of where my priorities should lie. When I get back to my desk (6 January this year), I write my ideas down, make some choices and load important dates and deadlines into my diary.
This year the decision process was easy: my doctorate is the priority. Here's a snapshot of how my year is shaping up at this stage:
What does 2014 hold for you?
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.