So we're just a bit closer to Christmas and the time when most people are starting to think about New Year's plans and resolutions. Yeah... Resolutions. The majority of which will likely be attempts to be more like the rest of the world. Attempts at losing weight, to stop smoking, spend more time with friends and family, get along with in-laws, become masters of our domain, etc. And these are okay. But what if we made a resolution to be a little less agreeable?
What if we made a resolution to think a little bigger about everything we do? What if we made a resolution to really give something some thought before responding with "That's a great idea." or "Yeah, we can do that." in meetings or dealing with clients? How about if we made a promise to ourselves to finally speak up a bit when we see something in our department that is broken - and we feel passionately that we can help to fix? (even if it's not our immediate responsibility!) Heck, what if we made a promise to ourselves to voice our opinion and thoughts more often regardless of if we were in the minority?
Going against the grain can be fun. Pushing our peers and leadership a bit can help to change business. I personally enjoy people and co-workers that are different than me - heck, if you've met The Redhead or have been a reader of RecruiterGuy.net for very long you know that we're polar opposites on nearly EVERYTHING (and it's dynamite!)
Not very long ago I was assigned a new VP at work - and he was "different" and it's been good. Some of the most enjoyable conversations/revelations I've ever seen/had have been the result of someone in the room thinking differently than the majority and not being afraid to speak up - even at the risk of rubbing a few the wrong way.
Package it however you like - but difference is good no matter where you see it. I say you've got roughly 18 days to decide if you want to recycle your list of resolutions to be like everyone else or if you want to try to both "think" AND "be" a little different in 2010.