It seems like some time since I made my last post, and it has been. Trying to keep up on blog posts can be challenging especially when you are busy doing many other things. I am happy to say the things we have been doing are good.
Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful for what we have. But it seems like every year around this time, we become more reflective on these things. As I look back over the past year I wonder how it flew by so quickly. I continue to have the opportunity to work with great people. There have been some challenging times. I have worked with some businesses in a transitional phase and assisting with those turnarounds can be both rewarding and stressful. It is always good when you hear they are in a better place now than they were before. Some have made the turn and some are in the process.
There are also several highly successful companies I have helped out. Working with these business owners and executive teams, we have worked together to create better organizations, happier employees, and incredible growth. In both cases, the turnarounds and the growth companies, there is great satisfaction when you can help ease some burden and get people to enjoy their business again.
Some of the most rewarding work often comes from the places you least expect it. Over the last twelve months I have been proud to associate myself with several not-for-profits. Three of them: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, The Clean Lakes Alliance, and Madison MAGNET are all special to me because of their leaders’ passion for the work that they do. We have worked together on business planning, event marketing, and leader development to help get these companies focused and growing in a difficult financial climate. There is still work to be done, but with their leadership they will succeed. It is great to be able to give back to the community and I encourage all business owners to give a contribution to what they believe in.
There are many not-for-profits out there that need our help. All doing great work for the community. Find those that you can align yourself with and seek ways to contribute. While money is important, sometimes volunteering your time and services is just as critical. I am a big believer in karma. What you do for others will reflect back on yourself. So take the time this year to find those organizations that have special meaning for you. What you do will pay back ten fold in goodwill and personal satisfaction.