A few years ago, I dropped New Year’s Resolutions and adopted a Word of the Year (WOTY) instead. I wrote about my WOTY in 2015 and 2016. For 2017, I’m all about practice. If previous years are any indication, I expect this word to inform my decisions and actions every day, and to result in positive changes – big and small – by December.

Why “practice?” I’m a perfectionist and goal-oriented (some might say goal-obsessed) person. For decades, these characteristics served me well (or so I thought). I had high standards for myself and others. Clients, family members, supervisors all knew I would deliver high quality results. My motto was “GSD” (“gets stuff done”). Unfortunately, I would GSD regardless of the cost to myself, team members or others around me. Sometimes striving for perfection left me paralyzed and unable to declare something “finished.” I focused so much on the outcome, that I completely missed the joy in the process – or worse, resented the process for getting in the way of the product.

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What I’m celebrating…

Welcoming the class 23 of Atlas Corps Fellows. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years and 22 classes of Fellows since Scott Beale started this journey to engage experienced nonprofit leaders from around the world in 12 to 18 months, professional fellowships at organizations in the U.S. and select other countries. Class 23 includes talented, bright leaders from countries such as Nigeria, Syria, Sudan, Russia, Australia and more. Interested in hosting a Fellow, volunteering or joining social events?  Visit Atlas Corps to learn more.

What I’m reading…

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

This informative, thought-provoking – and at times, unsettling – book explores hidden biases present in all people. It aims to explain in plain language the science behind the authors’ Implicit Association Test and its related insight about the human mind.

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