By Francy Wade
Making a promise just to break it after a few weeks, never seemed like much fun. But some people actually keep their New Year Resolutions. One example: Famed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Last year, he committed to reading a new book every other week and he chronicled it on his social media platform. He also resolved to build himself a personal assistant using artificial intelligence, which he recently showed off at a Facebook Town Hall. Let’s get real. I’m not sure coding robots is achievable for me in 2017. But standing on the precipice of a new year, I asked my always motivating co-workers at Anderson Robbins Research what their resolutions are for 2017 to try and inspire my own goals. Here’s what they had to say:
Chris Anderson, President
• One thing I am committed to in 2017, is being greener. I want this to be the year that I finally get solar panels on my house.
• In 2016, my company worked very hard to pass Question 4 in Massachusetts. I am committed to making sure the will of the voters is heard, and the measure is implemented properly in the next year.
• The political shock waves that are still reverberating around the country inspire my next resolution. I am going to remind clients and media that low probability outcomes do happen.
• Finally, on a lighter note, in 2017 I want to win at least one Pokemon battle against each of my sons. After all, low probability outcomes do happen.
Jennifer Robbins, CEO
I’m always up for a challenge. In 2016, I chaired the March of Dimes Falmouth Road Race Team. We conquered 7.2 miles in the heat and raised thousands of dollars to make sure every baby has a fighting chance. I also decided to run my first half-marathon. While I have more races on the books for 2017, I am also going to take on my biggest challenge yet. In 2017 I am starting to write a book on the fascinating work I do everyday at Anderson Robbins Research. Stay tuned for updates on my progress.
Lauren Manganello, Director
Working fulltime and being a mom of three, I’d like to try and create more life balance in 2017. This includes practicing yoga to provide mindfulness, exercising to provide better heath and reading to expand my knowledge.
Andrew Schwartz, Director
Generally, I’m not one for resolutions, but this year I have a few goals that jump out:
• Get married. Since I’m engaged, this should be both self-explanatory and remarkably easy.
• Hike more. A major part of the reason I moved out to Denver is to enjoy the great outdoors. That was pretty challenging this fall due to the election, but it’s the best way I know to recharge.
• Apply my professional skills to local community organizations. Whether this is volunteering or bringing on new clients, I’ve got this base of knowledge and skills to help organizations advocate for a cause and communicate effectively. There are lots of local opportunities to do so – it just requires me getting out into the community and doing it. Especially important to me following the election.
Henry Kanter, Director of Operations
I’m trying to live more in the moment, not spend all my time thinking about the next moment or the moment that is five moments away. When I’m on walks, I literally stop and smell the roses. So many little things come up in my daily life that I just push past but now I’m taking a moment to check them out. I am also hoping to have the opportunity to move to somewhere closer to the ocean with my wife Cindy.
Julia Valletta, Analyst
My New Year Resolution came early! In 2017, I hoped to be able to moderate my very first in-person focus group for Anderson Robbins Research. I got that chance this past Monday in Plymouth, MN with our client, Cargill – the largest privately held corporation in the US in terms of revenue. Despite a few nervous jitters, it went smoothly… I did, after all, learn from the best – my boss, Jen Robbins.
Lauren Coates, Analyst
My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to become more involved with charity work. Chris and Jen have been great examples of giving back to the community through their work with Read to a Child and March of Dimes.
Hannah Jaeger, Intern Extraordinaire
I’m looking forward to getting back into the habit of running, and plan to run a 5K every month. I ran my first half marathon in September and found that the benefits were beyond just the physical. When I run regularly, I find that my mind is clearer, and I am more focused and productive in my personal life as well as in my career. In fact, during my half-marathon training I received my internship position at ARR, and the race was during my first week of work! Consistent goals allow me to be the best version of myself.
As for me, there are so many things I’d like to work on 2017. I have been told by peers in the past that I thrive on a “frantic Francy” pace. Being super busy (and stressed) makes me most productive. I want to break that habit because it isn’t sustainable in the long run. My motto for 2017 will be to breathe more and talk less. I hope it will make me – and those who have to listen to me – even happier in the new year.