December 26, 2011

Leadership Limerick: One Ending is Another Beginning

Every Monday in 2011, I offer a leadership limerick, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form. Searching for leadership limerick will identify previous posts.

At some point it’s going to be done
Be thankful for a very good run

Take time to evaluate
And also to celebrate

Your hard work and the battles you won

Today is December 26th, so this is the last Leadership Limerick for 2011.  It was indeed good fun and a good challenge for me to start each week in rhyme.

Routines and rituals are valuable because they are a constant.  We know what to expect and we plan accordingly.  But embedded within the word routine is rut.  Smart individuals and organizations disrupt their own routines before others determine they have devolved into a rut.  As the old saying goes, "all good things must come to an end."  But most endings are really just the opportunity for new beginnings.

I'm assembling all 52 limericks into an e-book of sorts that will be available for download sometime in early 2012.  Next year, I'll be blogging a bit more , posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If three emails a week is too much for you, subscribing via RSS feed might be a better option.

While we no longer with start the week with a Leadership Limerick, I'm bringing back Facilitation Friday. Every Friday's post will focus on some tool, technique, or situation related to facilitation, a skill I believe to be fundamental for anyone, bother personally and professionally.  The Art of Facilitation: Enhancing Results and Individuals' Contributions and Commitments was one of the most popular programs I did in 2011 (and one of the most highly evaluated).  I love sharing the content in half-day and full-day programs with staff and volunteer leaders, so it makes sense to do the same more regularly via the blog.  By the way, after offering the program twice this year (packed houses both times) ASAE will again offer a full-day session in DC in August 2012; date TBA.

I have some exciting new initiatives for the year ahead, including a couple of writing and curriculum development projects I hope you'll find of interest.   I don't use the blog much to share business news or to promote my efforts out of respect for your time and attention, but a couple of times a year it's the right space to do so.  Next Sunday will be one of those times.

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