Presidents Blog: December 2013

Season’s Greetings SCWIST Community!

As I settle into my December routine of gift shopping, sugar cookie baking and getting together with family and friends, I can’t help but think about the year I’ve had and what I’m planning to do for 2014. While I’m not someone who likes to write a list of specific New Year’s resolutions like losing ten pounds or giving up unhealthy things like chips, I do like to look back on the last year and write a list of my accomplishments. It’s a good reminder of my success and helps me identify areas of improvement.

Since I know you have better things do as we countdown to Christmas than read this post, I’m going to keep it short and offer a few of my lessons this past year. Part of my inspiration for this comes from a leadership workshop I recently took. One of our assignments was to create a personal mission. So, here’s my modified version and I hope you are inspired to reflect on your year, figure out what you want to accomplish and perhaps come up with your own mission statement.

  • Listen more, talk less
  • Act with integrity and fairness
  • Perform one act of service each day
  • Don’t judge others – we’re all equals on this planet
  • Smile at strangers
  • Show appreciation regularly for the important people in your life
  • Lead by example
  • And, most importantly, always ensure your actions are aligned with your intentions! This is one of the most challenging ones I find but it’s probably the most important.

Finally, I just wanted to mention it in case you were wondering, but we are having our third annual new year party at the end of January so check our events calendar regularly for updated information.

As 2013 comes to an end, I’d like to wish you and yours all the very best this holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2014. I look forward to working with you and seeing what we can accomplish!

Happy Holidays SCWISTies!