What's Going to Happen to You in 2016

If only you had a crystal ball. The planning, the decisions, the choices would be so much easier. But you don’t. And those decisions and tradeoffs aren’t easy. Should you stay? Should you go? Is that project realistic? What if they reorganize… again? Are you getting the whole story?

What You Do Know About 2016

There’s much you can’t possible predict. But I’m confident…

  • A co-worker will really tick you off.
  • An unlikely subject will surprise you with their generosity.
  • Work you do will be vastly under-appreciated.
  • You’ll learn something new.
  • You’ll regret what you said.
  • He’ll take more credit than he should.
  • It will be one of those weeks.
  • The balance will get way off kilter.
  • You will know you did the best you could.
  • You will screw it up.
  • The news will suck.
  • You will fix it.

Knowing natural ups and downs are going to happen, and they are happening to everyone, will help you save vital energy for what matters most.

There’s much freedom that knowing the minor frustrations are not so much a matter of “if” but “when.” That way when they do show up, instead of reacting poorly you can say “Oh there you are… I’ve been expecting you” and keep perspective on your bigger mission.

I was inspired to write this post when my blogging hero, Seth Godin, shared his more universal Surefire Predictions.

Posted in Confident Humility, Employee Engagement & Energy, Winning Well and tagged , , .

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells - building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Love the predictions you came up with Karin! It is so true that certain things will happen to each of us and we just need to be more agile when they come along. For me, I am sure I will have some predictable participant responses and some that will totally throw me for a loop. I am ready so bring them on!

    Happy 2016 Karin!

  2. Happy New Year Karen

    Thanks for the great article. I too share Terri’s sentiment. This will help a great deal this year knowing that they will come and being ready for them rather than having them catch me “Off Guard”.

    • Happy New Year, Woody! So agree, the more we expect the unexpected the more we can handle it with poise.

  3. Fantastic! “Oh there you are… I was expecting you!” Talk about breaking the frame of misery and frustration that most people turn to when these bumps happen. Here’s to a 2016 with the expected and a fair share of serendipty too.

    Happy New Year, Karin!

    ~ Alli

  4. Luckily, being self employed protects me from a lot of what you stated above. However, that “learning something new” thing is something I always look forward to on a daily basis… unless my technology is crashing around me and that’s what I have to learn how to fix. 🙂

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