Welcoming 2013 in 4 Easy Steps

Published: December 20, 2012

Here we go - one more time around the cycle. Traditions and celebrations will mark the coming weeks as we take stock of a year gone by and prepare for the year ahead. Other than turning the page on the calendar, though, what will really be different? Consider these 4 easy steps:


The Team Clock model recommends taking time to soak in what has been lost as we say goodbye to 2012. Favorite memories and accomplishments ring as loudly as mistakes and missed opportunities.


Acknowledging all that is left behind and carefully selecting what will be inherited into the future, define the anchors. What is not changing? What should be different moving forward and what commitments are we willing to communicate to make real change possible?


Having anchored our foundation and shared new goals, it’s now time to own the plan. Simply, this plays out in literally everything we say and do each day. Behaving our commitments allows us to become the change we seek. Collaboration with others ensures accountability.


Create something new. Have the courage to be different. Take smart risks. Explore. Experiment. Be curious. Learn. Discover. Dare 2013 to be a year of innovation.

Happy New Year from the Team Clock

Photo of Steve Ritter, the co-founder of The Center for Team Excellence

Steve Ritter

Steve Ritter is an internationally recognized expert on team dynamics whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, and many educational organizations. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst University where he earned the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Steve is the former Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Leaders Bank, named the #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois in 2006 and winner of the American Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2010. Steve provides ongoing workplace culture consultation to many thriving companies including Kraft Foods, Advocate Health Care, Kellogg's, the Chicago White Sox, AthletiCo, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.