As we enter December, I am reflecting on what I have learned this year and as I look at my list, I realize the lessons are not so much business-related, but more focused on my personal growth and what I still need to learn.
- Collaboration works. Four groups came together to organize a summer social event, and it was a huge success, with everyone enjoying the opportunity to work together. Building on that we’ve brought together eight organizations to plan International Women’s Day in Burlington.
- Know your numbers. I have a new bookkeeper and while I may not always like what my numbers are telling me, it feels good to have a better handle on what is working, and what is not.
- Don’t take stuff personally. People move on. I sometimes find it hard when I feel I have helped members and their businesses, and then they don’t renew. I need to stop taking other people’s decisions personally. It is all about them, not me, and I don’t know what else is happening in their lives.
- It’s OK not to work so hard. This year I really focused on eking out some “me” time to do stuff I enjoy. I found I had to give myself permission to slow down. The good news – I did.
- My time is valuable. I am a lifelong volunteer but sometimes people take advantage, not necessarily intentionally, and this year I learned to draw a line in the sand, and say, enough. No more.
- Show your gratitude and appreciation. Sometimes we can take people’s efforts for granted. It is important to acknowledge people’s contribution and thank them for all they have done.
- Be self-aware. We may not always be aware of how we come across to others. A brave soul called me on my attitude. Point taken. Be kind to everyone. It costs you nothing.
- Trust my gut. I need to rely more on my instinct on people as it is usually accurate.
- Connect with like–minded people. This year I joined Rotary and I am enjoying being a part of a group that wants to give back and help others – both here and overseas.
- Share your talents. I have started to write about our Rotary members and have discovered that I really enjoy the interview and writing process. I remember Sam Horn telling me at the conference that I was skilled at it – and I have been basking in the glory of her compliments ever since.
How’s your year been? What did you learn? Have you been sharing your talents with the world? Let me know.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.