For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

There were some seriously awesome boss babes of 2016 who will no doubt provide us with major inspo for a stellar year at work. But we need more than聽#girlboss聽idols if we want to rock our careers this year. Some serious action items, like being more productive at work and building a super successful team, are essential. We asked Merrick Rosenberg, CEO of Take Flight Learning and author of The Chameleon,聽for five actionable resolutions that鈥檒l help us聽take our careers to the next level in 2017. Read on to find the resolution that鈥檚 right for your work style.


1. Don鈥檛 feed the drama 鈥 anywhere.聽鈥淭he only way drama can exist in the workplace is if people create it and fuel it,鈥 Merrick says. Instead of feeding into it, Merrick says to take a step back and assess the situation calmly, with as much of a neutral logic as you can. If you can鈥檛 do this (it鈥檚 really hard), then just don鈥檛 respond to the drama whatsoever.

He also suggests that we deal with the underlying issues of what鈥檚 creating the drama itself. But, again, bringing your own passionate emotions to the table will often make a situation worse, because, as we all know, drama *loves* drama. Since all aspects of our lives affect each other, let鈥檚 just all agree to make this resolution in the workplace, happy hour, at home and everywhere in between. #NoDrama2017.

2. Speak only in positive terms about others.聽No one likes a Negative Nancy, but sometimes it鈥檚 hard to keep a positive mindset. Merrick suggests challenging yourself to take the high road in 2017, saying, 鈥淭he best way to create a positive work environment is to stop negativity and just replace it with positive thoughts about your fellow team members.鈥

One way to shift your mindset is to avoid making assumptions about why someone did something. We all have different work styles, so if your coworker acted in a way you thought was rude, think through what their reality may look like. For example, maybe they聽avoid small talk and are instead so聽focused on the team鈥檚 action items because聽they want the whole team聽to聽do their best work possible.

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3. Celebrate successes.聽鈥淲hen failures occur, teams are quick to assess what happened. But when successes happen, they quickly move on to what is next. In 2017, take the time to celebrate your accomplishments,鈥 says Merrick. Suggest a team lunch, call out your coworker鈥檚 rockstar presentation in an all-hands meeting or write an article about your team鈥檚 success in a trade publication. You鈥檒l be more motivated to hit your goals all year once you start stopping to appreciate how far you鈥檝e come.

4. Eliminate gossip.聽New year, new gossip鈥 unfortunately. Merrick says a great resolution is to just cut it out. 鈥淒on鈥檛 initiate or perpetuate gossip about others. It undermines trust in you and the team as a whole.鈥 If you really can鈥檛 help yourself during happy hour, a secondary resolution here may be to avoid more than two drinks when you鈥檙e drinking with coworkers. Seriously.

5. Be the chameleon.聽It might sound like a twist on the elementary school motto, but Merrick says a great resolution聽to take on in 2017 is to treat others how they need to be treated, not how you want to be treated. He adds, 鈥淩especting the needs of others is the foundation for a cohesive team.鈥

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