one of the The most important aspect of the year-end review is assessing what your business is doing right and what is going wrong. Setting expectations for the coming year based on these statistics can help ensure your company continues to improve.
Here, a panel of Rolling Stone Culture Council members share their most valuable lessons learned over the past 12 months, along with key takeaways they’ll implement in their businesses in 2023.
Listening is more valuable than being listened to
I learned that listening is far more important than being heard. Our team has great ideas and our customers have amazing feedback. It’s a humble position, but always rewarding. By listening, we are able to tailor our communications, our products and even our investor interests. I wish I could have done more! –Michael Kennedy, Component Wine Company
Adaptability is important for business
We learned that we must embrace chaos and plan to be resilient and agile. This year is very different from 2021, and we need to make some year-end adjustments to wrap up the year and get ready for 2023. Our industry is still struggling with pandemic dynamics and is unpredictable, so by paying close attention, we have been able to plan through it for a truly promising 2023. -Kevin McGee, Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Have face-to-face contacts
I learned how important face-to-face contact is to us. Virtual meetings are great, but it’s important to have in-person screenings, two sold-out premieres, and reflect on the projects we’ve done and will do. I’m excited to be able to plan more events for the next year and beyond. – Karina Michel Feld, Tallulah Films
Taking care of your health is taking care of your business
I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in the summer of 2022. I didn’t get a health check during the pandemic. I learned that in order to take care of my career, I have to take care of myself first. What’s the point of all the years of sacrifice you’ve put in to get here if you’re not around and too sick to run your business? – Michelle De Long, Mimi Productions
Adversity often brings new resolve
This year has been a tumultuous plunge on the brink of economic disaster. As a leader, I have grown through challenges and honed my skills through tribulations. With these lessons in mind, I have renewed my resolve to succeed for my team and myself. Adversity is the pressure of coal into King Kong. For this reason, I will usher in a shining year of 2023. – Sheila Dedenbach, Heavenly Sweet
Simplification delivers more value
Streamlining is good. People don’t want all the bells and whistles; they want things that are functional, fun, value-added, and purposeful. Whether it’s experience, technology, finance, or something else, they have to help people advance in life and career. – Susan Johnston, New Media Film Festival®
always use your time wisely
This year has been a year of ups and downs — though there are more ups and downs to come. The constant volatility of markets and events is just a test of our ability to adapt during difficult times and be prepared when the tide turns. Enduring this year’s big bear market has taught me to use those times very wisely, not by being vague or waiting, but by being proactive. – Tim Haldorsson, Moon Strategy
Focusing on core financial KPIs makes the company stronger
The pandemic has taught us how fickle the economy can be. Looking ahead, organization, efficiency and cost-effectiveness are all the more important. Businesses that focus on core financial KPIs will be stronger than ever. – Adam Ayres, No. 5
Small meetings are more effective
Looking back on 2022, I understand that the more people in the room, the less likely it is that good ideas will be shared and the longer the meeting will be. In order to have a productive meeting, I need to plan ahead by considering who will be attending and their roles. This way I can prompt them to share their thoughts and help drive action. – Kristin Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC
It is good for you to ask for help when you need it
I learned to ask for help. Most people are usually willing to help if you ask. In a business scenario, this means stronger collaborative work and a realistic approach to professional pitfalls. – Jacob Mathison, Mathison Projects Inc.