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As the year comes to an end, what are your expectations for next year?

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 200,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.

As the year comes to an end, what are your expectations for next year?

  • It'll be much better: 32.43%
  • It'll be slightly better: 42.96%
  • It'll be about the same: 16.28%
  • It'll be slightly worse: 4.92%
  • It'll be much worse: 3.41%

Optimistic views. 75% of you feel like next year will be better than this one. Hopefully that's the case! 2020 certainly has been extraordinary. The question to you as a leader is what are you doing right now to set next year up to be successful? Are you building talent? Putting together your plans? Building organizational flexibility and capabilities? Better years don't just happen magically. They're much more likely to occur if you're putting in the effort early to make sure you're ready to capitalize on opportunities that present themselves. As this year winds down, take advantage of some of the quiet time to plan for next year. Take action now to set you up for success later. Don't wait for Q1 to put things in motion!


Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, which includes TITAN -- the firm’s e-learning platform. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a West Point graduate and author of three leadership books: "One Piece of Paper," "Lead Inside the Box" and "The Elegant Pitch."