The start of the New Year gives us all a chance to start fresh, to make a new habit, or to change an old way. Whether they are personal resolutions or business resolutions, I believe it’s important to always be striving for better… to always be looking for ways we can improve. To quote Winston Churchill and my father, “Success is never final.”
For 2016, I would like to see more personal and business resolutions be focused on improving the world around us. This is something I saw my parents do. When they started this company, they weren’t just interested in making money. They had a genuine spirit to serve the community around them.
More recently, companies like ours are starting to take risks in emerging markets… making a real impact on lives. We have found if we provide education, skills training and opportunities for economic success, that ultimately leads to stable communities.
Businesses can be part of the solution in supporting the growth of middle classes around the world. Our agenda for 2016 should be looking for ways to provide opportunities where there are few.
Imagine if all companies had that big idea for the New Year? What a change we could all make.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.