Driving into work the other day, I realized that I forgot my trusty pencil at home. At the start of each week I usually spend my morning going through the goals of the previous week and thinking about those coming up with the help of my handy notebook. I have gotten into the habit of using the time-aged pencil to do this. I erase the bullets that have been accomplished. Check—goal achieved. I then write out those I seek to get done in the coming week. Checking off those to-dos and the eradication of what’s been done has become my favorite part of the work week.

There’s some important background information for those to-dos, though—almost everything that falls into the goal completed group is actually performed by others in the company. In fact, I tell most of my staff to not actually give me any “real” work. If you do, well then you have been warned. As such I have great respect for those who get things done.

I also consider those who are a part of our annual Power 100 list to be doers. This list has been a mainstay for the magazine for over a decade, and gives our editorial team a great boost every year as they spend time developing it. The list, like anyone’s weekly to-dos, changes every year and it’s our mission to see that it best reflects those we see making the most impact and wielding true power in our region.

Getting rid of politicians from the group is relatively easy because of the nature of their profession—when they fall out of favor with the electorate they go. Tougher to clarify are those running companies of their own. Many are private entities that are successful in their own right, but assessing what they do, or the choices they make, within the community is a lot harder to guage.

You cannot buy your way on this list, so in a way the choices we make are purely subjective. By limiting this list to 100 we also know we’re missing people who deserve to be on it. If this is the case, please do let me know. I would encourage you to shoot me an email at eharmon@cincymagazine.com, or call my direct line at 513-297-6205. Much of this list is generated by this kind of feedback.

If you like what you see here, we encourage you to come and network with this powerful group Feb. 20 at the Backstage Event Center for the Power 100 Reception. The program’s nonprofit beneficiary is Cincinnati Works, and we couldn’t be happier to give this impactful organization the exposure it deserves.

In an attempt to bring this column full circle, let’s go back to the pencil. To replace my treasured pencil while driving into work, I stopped at multiple gas stations to see if they sold any. No luck. You could have assumed as much—that pencils would not be found there—but I figured I’d try anyway. I’m sure my staff would tell me that I should have gone to a pharmacy or grocery store, but that would be too much work.