I hope all of you had wonderful, safe, and restful holidays and that the new year will bring fulfillment of hopes and dreams! However, I realize that with the unrest continuing in the world and the global COVID pandemic far from over, it is sometimes difficult to be upbeat and optimistic. I relate to the phrases “enough is enough” and “please don’t pile more on at the moment.” Even with these feelings, I think 2022 will present opportunities for growth and improvement and that we will collectively make a positive difference through the work we do. Hence, the theme of this issue of The Ally – Looking Back to Plan Forward.
While we are still early in the new year, I encourage all of us to reflect on all the happenings in 2021, celebrating those that produced positive results and learning from those that offered challenges. I believe there to be several core principles that can help us learn from the past and achieve a better impact in the future.
With your indulgence, I’ll take a moment to talk about a few of those principles: (1) work with honesty and integrity and do not get caught up in negative politics or distracting competition that decreases focus; (2) recommit to transparency and inclusion by turning ever more outward and engaging more diverse voices and opinions in our work; (3) continue the never-ending focus on quality by continually seeking ways to improve leadership, management, programs, and relationships; (4) seek and engage in strategic partnerships built around collaboration and the creation of win-win outcomes; (5) never assume that any one person has all the answers to the myriad of questions that will arise during the year; and (6) never hesitate to share credit for work well done.
These are only a few of the essential things that I think are important to remember, but they are at the top of my list for 2022. Please continue to make the time for self-reflection and rejuvenation because even in the best-case scenario, we know 2022 will have its challenges. The past provides learning and guidance for the future, so use it to help plan for the new year.
Wishing you and yours the very best, Sammy
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