It is all too easy for me to focus on the contracts I didn’t get or the skills I don’t have. Seth Godin’s blog post, challenging his readers to identify and celebrate what they had shipped in the past year, was refreshing. And an eye-opener. I have accomplished a great deal in the past year.
Here are my top five achievements for 2010. What are yours?
1. Content analysis and substantive editing of a book: The Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) hired me to edit 15 cases studies that they plan to include in a KT [knowledge translation] Casebook. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the writers to identify gaps in the content and structure of their case studies, to focus attention on KT, and to ensure consistency. As someone who loves books and has tremendous admiration for the people who write and publish them, it was fantastic to be part of the publishing process.
2. An accreditation module (handbook and workshop) on communications for senior educational administrators in Saskatchewan (League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan – LEADS): The one-and-a-half day workshop in October was fun. Topics ranged from strategic planning by telling happy stories to a social media bingo. Donella Hoffman, the Communications Consultant for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, did a great job of demystifying media relations.
3. Workshop on listening, organizing and writing skills with Ombudsman Saskatchewan: I really enjoy sharing knowledge and helping people to develop their skills. Now, if I could just practise what I preach when it comes to being a better listener!
4. Interviewing and blogging about culinary entrepreneurs: It was scary to approach total strangers and ask if I could interview them. But what a gift it has been to listen to these incredibly passionate, hard-working, ethical people. And I’ve had a tenfold increase in the number of visitors to my blog.
5. Promotional work for the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market: We set up a business page on Facebook, and I learned a great deal about using humour, photographs, and anecdotes to build community.
My thanks to all the great people I worked with in the past year and to my family and friends for their ongoing encouragement and support.