Year of the Upgrade


Ah, a fresh, shiny New Year. A time to re-evaluate and to focus our energies on changes we’d like to make. Starting with my new furnace in December, I am looking at 2019 as the year of upgrades. Here are some suggestions for upgrading:

Upgrade your surroundings:

This can apply to work and home. How’s that plant on your desk looking? Anemic? Time for an upgrade.  Which room in your home needs a fresh coat of paint? At home this winter look for areas to declutter and donate. Having a soothing environment at home and at work helps to handle the everyday stressors.

Upgrade your communication:

Email is killing us all. I’ve read studies saying we spend four to five hours daily on email. No wonder everyone is struggling to keep up. Have conversations with your coworkers on the best ways to reduce the email clutter. Can you shift the culture to have more in-person conversations? One of my clients recently called me to discuss a timeline for her team-building efforts. She thought it would be faster and more efficient to have an actual conversation than trying to have an email conversation. And she was right.

Upgrade your meetings:

This has been a popular conversation topic in many of my leadership trainings of late. How can you restructure your meetings? Can you change up the location? The structure? The attendees? Often, we get into a rut with our meetings, so look for ways to freshen them up and make them both more efficient and more impactful.

Upgrade your food choices:

In our work and in our families, we want to be able to make a sustained contribution. Choosing high-quality, less-processed foods gives us better fuel for the long run. Look for ways to upgrade your food choices.

Happy New Year, everyone, and happy upgrading


Susan Combs

Susan Combs, MBA and Professional Certified Coach, works with coaching clients to create fresh starts, enhance their leadership skills and increase their confidence. She is an authorized licensee of the Fit Leader's Program. Susan provides one-on-one coaching, DiSC team-building training and manages corporate mentor programs. She lives in Lansing with her son, Max, and their golden retriever puppy. Visit or for more information.

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