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A different source of inspiration for new year resolutions

By Neil May, Executive Manager, Hogan Lovells

10 January 2014

The 22nd Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February. The torch relay will have been the longest in history, from the bottom of a lake, to the North Pole and into space, while the cost of the games is estimated to be some five times the original budget (and about five times the cost of the London Games).

Spectacle aside, perhaps thinking about outstanding people might provide a fresh angle for New Year resolutions that really will make a difference? Sport illustrates a pinnacle of personal and team achievement, backed up by outstanding leadership to create the right conditions in which to nurture winners and allow them to deliver.

It seems to me there are five strands that could give us food for thought within business.

1. Pipeline management

Research suggests businesses tend to have only moderate levels of confidence in the management of the quality and quantity of their talent pipelines. If correct this is...

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