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FEATURE31 December 2018

Preview 2019: new year resolutions

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A new year and new possibilities. What resolutions are our contributors making for 2019 – either professionally or personally?

Ben Hogg, managing director EMEA and APAC, Lucid
To ensure that our newly launched international offices don’t feel like satellite offices to the people that work there. I know how it feels to be remote from HQ, so this year is all about connectivity and building culture.

Desirée Lopez, chief executive, Flamingo Group
To take even more risks – to push for more change and to stay inspired.

Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos Mori
Spend more time with clients – as always.

Adele Gritten, managing director, Future Thinking
Acknowledge that I am no longer a researcher. I am a techsight practitioner leveraging data in all its forms whether proprietary, syndicated, big or small, structured or unstructured, real or imputed to help our clients.

Crawford Hollingworth, founder, The Behavioural Architects
To be open to, serendipity to combat the increasing algorithmically driven world which seeks to kill it. And to find a way of turning the light back on in the UK.

Annie Pettit, research methodologist
I’m not a fan of resolutions. The best time to make an important change is right now. My daily resolution is to work with clients I respect and whose products and services I believe in, those people who want to grow their business by doing things the right way, not necessarily the easy way.

Deborah Mattinson, founding partner, BritainThinks
Get out of London more both professionally and personally

Joe Staton, client strategy director, GfK
Finding time for fun (both personally and professionally).

Lewis Reeves, chief executive, Viga
Personal and professional resolutions are very much the same: find more great people to inspire, teach and drive me and my team, via a mix of great hires and acquisitions.

Peter Totman, head of qualitative, Jigsaw
Not give up the good fight on evolutionary psychology – it is a vital additional lens for the researcher – we need to seek out new allies and find creative ways to overcome the industry resistance 

Ray Poynter, chief executive, The Future Place
Learn more French, beat the best for age category in the London Marathon ( 3hr 45m).

Sinead Jefferies, consultant, Watermelon Research
Identify the things I can have most impact on and embrace them. If something I want to do is not coming to me then I should go out and find it – whether that’s a project, an issue I’m passionate about, or giving enough time to the things that help me define myself as an individual (rather than it simply being about my job or my role as a wife and mother).

Steve Phillips, chief executive, ZappiStore
To hit a century for my cricket team. 

Will Galgey, chief executive UK & Ireland of insights, Kantar
Eat less chocolate. Get more sleep. Ride more miles on my bike. So, the same as last year…

Jane Frost, chief executive, Market Research Society
Professionally, I’d like to see us – and all those working in the sector – redouble efforts to promote the relevance of research.  Now more than ever, in these times of economic and political flux, we must demonstrate that the skills of insight professionals, combining disparate sources of data and turning it into a cohesive and actionable story, have never been more vital. On a more personal note, I’d like to stop complaining about the weather and take more dog walks –we’ve just got a new puppy so I won’t be left with much choice!

Andrew O’Connell, managing director UK, Research Now SSI
To continue moving towards Online Research 2.0, which will be the holy grail of integrating attitudinal, profile, digital and behavioural data sources.

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