|Our New - First - Artificial Tree|
I wish all of you a joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year. This holiday letter is being posted both at Marion Conway – Nonprofit Consultant and The Grandma Chronicles.
through Hurricane Sandy unscathed. I have been busier that ever with strategic planning and board retreat clients
this year. With family, nonprofit clients and summer community responsibilities I have had a very full year.
son both spend Christmas Eve with their other families, I had my family traditional Christmas Eve dinner last Sunday featuring an extensive antipasto, favorite fish dishes and special desserts. For the first time this year our tree is a small artificial tree (I love the prelit lights) instead of a large real
one. Adapting tradition and giving it a makeover is working out just fine.
about social media, and new staff finding their sea legs and bringing new perspectives
to organizations which - like me – are steeped in tradition. There has been an increased serious interest in strategic planning and desire to discuss vision for the future. It has been a privilege to work with nonprofits as they navigate through these changes. I have been in awe of the leaders of so many organizations I’ve worked with. I have seen difficult situations dealt with and stronger organizations emerge – even if they don’t recognize that yet
themselves. It has been inspiring.
|I definitely have to get the piano tuned.|
welcoming a new family member. She brings a new culture to our home and this morning my son called and wished us Feliz Navidad. My daughter and her family live just a mile away. My grandson is now 3 ½ and change is constant for a child this age. He is independent, curious and full of life. It is rejuvenating and exhausting
at the same time. It is such a joy to
still be a big part of his life.
finding their own voice. There is less of this “you should run more like a business” and more of “we need to establish priorities and focus on what we do best.” I see a new energy among Boards and readiness to try new
approaches. Like me, many Boards have
strong ties to traditions but we both must realize that traditions must find new ways to manifest themselves.