December 23, 2012

It’s almost the end of 2012.

Think about your organization and your community, your country and the greater world. Consider your own personal life and your professional life.

What happened – and what is happening? What matters – and what doesn’t matter so much? What questions did you ask – and what do you wish you’d asked? Which questions do you wish had been asked more – and, perhaps, in a different or clearer or more cage-rattling manner?

At least in your own mind, explore the essential and cage-rattling questions for the world, your country, your community.

Ask yourself: What did you learn? What are you still learning? How are you helping others learn?

What are your resolutions for the new year? What are your hopes and fears for 2013? In your community and country and the greater world? In your own personal and professional life.

How do you combine looking back and looking forward? What will you never forget – and always keep close? What will you forgive – and release?

What will you treasure – and maintain? What will you acknowledge – but change? What will you do over – and hopefully different or better?

One final note: Read Roger Craver’s year-end piece: “Get Off Your Butt Or Get Out,” Tuesday, December 18

Filed under: Leadership

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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