Tis the season of lights. A time to reflect and celebrate …. My 2011 Year End Report
2011 was a year of transition, loss, hope, opportunity, fun and adventure! Here is the wrap up of highs, lows, lessons and leaps of faith! You can find the complete report here.
- I started the New Year off in what would eventually be my new home Asheville, NC. It was a lovely way to start what would be a year of many changes and challenges
- In addition to my consulting work I started doing more one on one coaching! I love coaching it allows me to utilize my strengths and provide practical tools, inspiration and support to my coaching clients.
- I got to do some great work with my best friend of 27 years Pam Slim. We created a tele class on partnerships. Creating and facilitating Partnership Activate was such a wonderful experience.
- My blog really took off! In February I completed my 100th post but it seems like in April I was guest blogging everywhere and man how much fun was that!
- My youngest daughter graduated from HS! My house was filled with family friends and I had 2 major consulting projects in the hopper. Oh yeah—and I wrote an E-Book!
- I did take some time away from the back to school hustle to do a radio show. I was interviewed by Michael Chatman has been voted America’s Maverick Philanthropist and one of the nation’s leading authorities on new philanthropy. I had a great time chatting with Michael about the need for new and innovative funding models in philanthropy. We focused on one of my favorite questions— Fundraising or Financing.
- I also worked with one of my favorite partners in the world on an exciting new project. My partner in crime Heather Plett and I have created a series of learning events via a partnership we call Global Listeners.
Greatest Learning: Community offers us promise. It offers us the promise of acceptance, of belonging, of safety and of support.
Community requires us to be vulnerable, to co create and to co-own. It requires shared leadership, shared success and shared failure. Communities can be hard, lonely, insular and painful at times– quick to judge , hard to forgive full of rules and laws that restrict and confine.
Community can also be welcoming, open, rich and diverse. Community is not created instantly nor easily. Its created through hard work, honest and deep conversation and the acceptance of individual differences.
Build communities first–problems will then be solved.
Here is wishing you all a transformative 2012!