Monday, December 19, 2011

Five Terms for 2012

I am Santa Claus!!!! Santa Iron Man Parody

I am pretty sure this is the final post for this year.  (I'm leaving myself a little room to maneuver there. You never know when inspiration might strike.)

I'd like to sincerely thank all of our clients, colleagues and friends who made this such a successful year for Alcorn Associates.  Mark and I are really so very appreciative for your business, referrals and support.

As we close out this year, I 'd like to share an exercise with you that I did last year and am planning to do again because I found it really effective.  Maybe you will too.

At the end of 2010, I found myself very overwhelmed with the barrage of content I was swimming in and the sheer volume of strategic objectives that I was trying to sort through for my portion of our consulting practice.  Just like most of us in the association sphere I suffer from two syndromes - routinely underestimating how much I can really do while simultaneously suffering from my own charming (?!?!) brand of ADD (forever defined by Sandra Giarde, CAE as Squirrel!).  While sometimes these qualities can be strengths in terms of finding initiative and/or passion, the combination of the two can be deadly to forward momentum without some consistent, conscious reining in.

I used the time between Christmas and January 1 to focus on where I wanted to concentrate my efforts in 2011.  Beyond the "one word" or "three word" themes that I've tried in the past (which seemed kind of limiting), I laid out five words/terms that I wanted to concentrate in on 2011 - appreciative inquiry, change, edupunk, systems thinking and promotion.

I put these five words on the wall over my computer desk and repeated them like a mantra.  I used them to guide project work, to select which professional development opportunities I would sign up for and to guide my content curation efforts.  Best of all, those words sparked the "Association Executives: Provocative Proposals for Change" interview project, and were the underpinnings for the successful bid to be included in the "Edupunks Guide to a DIY Credential." They were also quite useful in terms of forcing me to reallocate my online time.  I was able to develop a much better balance between being a content consumer/broadcaster and a producer.

So, I will spend my time between now and New Years figuring out my "5 Terms for 2012."  I'm feeling the need for some updating.  I'd love it if some of you would join me in this effort.  Maybe our words will overlap and complement each other and maybe there will be opportunities for us to help each other in our journeys.  Let me know what your five words are and I will share what I came up with in my first post in 2012.

Take care and celebrate the holiday season in whatever fashion suits you best!

Here is the link to the Iron Man parody - I am Santa Claus for those who can't see the embedded video.  I can't believe this has been out here for four years already and I've just seen it.  Ah, the Internet has such comedic treasures buried within it.


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