January 4, 2013

The New Year Brings New Opportunities

2013 is here and with it comes new opportunities for leadership, growth, and improvement—individually, University-wide, and within our respective communities.

In an article in the Midland Daily News on January 1, 2013, Dr. Timothy Nash and I outlined our 2013 predictions for the American and global economies, and noted the difficulties we face offer alternate routes to reach new levels of achievement.

While we predict growing economic uncertainties in 2014, we also maintain this will cause a number of people to realize some of the responsibility for our current economic condition rests with all of us.  A similar balanced approach is at work on the part of many top business leaders as we start the new year. DeVos Graduate School Associate Professor Dr. Todd Thomas’s annual report of CEO resolutions emphasizes that, despite continuing challenges, many U.S. CEOs are giving greater attention to customers as individuals, and are more focused on employee development, responsible leadership, and business expansion.

“I was actually kind of surprised at the number of CEOs talking about growing their business,” noted Dr. Thomas in his interview with the Midland Daily News. “Most of them were—I would say still are—prudent but certainly looking for growth in 2013.”

We must be open to the many opportunities before us. Our 2013 winter semester Omniquest book, How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen, offers us several ways to grow and focus more fully on what is important to us.  And as history makes clear, success comes to those who identify and act on ways to achieve and provide more for less during both good and difficult times. While others may choose to look at a “glass half-empty,” we at Northwood University must continue to be those who see, and build on, a “glass half-full.”

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640