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Grateful and Resolute – 2013

Christmas 2012 found me in Palm Springs per my annual tradition.  And its hard to believe, but I just returned from my eighth annual PMI Leadership Institute Volunteer Planning Meeting (LIV PM) in Philadelphia.  The Leadership Institute Advisory Group was sunset in December and for 2013, I’ve joined the Chapter Member Advisory Group (CMAG).

2012 was another a year of abundance with family, loved ones, friends, clients, and colleagues for which I am grateful.

For you, my readers, I am also grateful.  Once again, my special thanks go to Susan Peterson who continues to allow me to republish her articles and Fadi El-Eter of PM Hut and Project Management Questions for his continued support.

2012 was an important year and I felt I’d really accomplished more than most other years (another recurring theme?):

  • At EDmin, I completed a record year of services and support for clients and the Student Success Dashboard (new product) was launched at the ISTE 2012 conference. I also participated in my first Twitter party to promote thinking on student success indicators (KPIs for K12 students). The Student Success Dashboard has been submitted for 2012 CONNECT and 2013 CODiE awards.  This is my 9th year.
  • I once again completed two online offerings of Controlling Project Costs and Risks as part of the UCSD Extension Project Management Certificate program.
  • For the Project Management Institute, I attended the EMEA (Marseilles France)  Leadership Institute Meeting and delivered a presentation on Transition and Succession Planning (with colleagues Simona Bonghez and Doug Orlando), then repeated that presentation for the October North American Leadership Institute Meeting in Vancouver Canada.
  • With the LIAG, I continued to develop and present the Chapter Leaders Guide on Transition and Succession Planning.
  • Continued (and increased) contributions to the PMI Educational Foundation Project Management Scholarships targeted to teachers, school administrators, and unemployed Project Managers; the scholarship I am trying to have endowed recevied some substantial contributions from otheres as well.  See the “I Support” area on the right of the blog for more.
  • I completed adding Twitter this year to my social networking presence, now also on this blog (thanks DreamHost!), FaceBook, and LinkedIn.
  • I completed but have not yet published or delivered most of my stock presentations.  Development of these will continue in 2013.
  • I completed a basic photography class that allows me to better use my Canon EOS 60D.  I can now take good photos in full manual mode.
  • Completed my first trip to Asia, visiting Hong Kong, Jakarta (West Java Indonesia), and Kuta (Bali Indonesia). This was a multi-purpose trip – I have some great photographs, had dinner with the Board of PMI Indonesia and heard about their amazing succes and growth, and visited with my friend,business/professional colleague, and advisor on all things Indonesian, Mr. Arnius Robert Santhio, and his family.

During 2012 I increased my participation at Project Management Questions. This tapered off toward the end of the year, and with the encouragement of Fadi El-Eter, I’m going to participate once again in 2013.  A big thanks again to Fadi El-Eter for the opportunity.

As for 2013, the planning is just beginning.

  • I’m continuing to guide product development of the Student Success Dashboard and additional assignments are in the planning stages.  I’m also working on demonstrations of the value of the dashboard outside of the education space — it really was developed with flexibility in mind.
  • I’ve been working with the Spa for the Mind team to organize a weekend retreat (March 15-17) in San Diego.  Speakers include Dr. David Facer (Optimal Motivation) , Phil Bristol (Arbinger Core), and PMI Fellow Karen Tate (facilitator).
  • Two more offerings of Controlling Project Costs and Risks are planned.
  • In April I’m planning to attend and present at the PMI Region 7 meeting in Santa Clara California to engage more with the regional leadership team.  This summer I will be going to Singapore and returning to Indonesia.  I’ll be participating in the first Asia Pacific LIM in 4 years while in Singapore.  The October North America Leadership Institute Meeting will be in New Orleans.
  • I’m continuing the work on revitalizing this blog, but some plans have shifted direction.  I will continue to work with talented folks that are assisting in the process of ”harvesting” years of development of intellectual property as “bits and pieces” into coherent and relevant packages. This was suspended for a little while at year end to allow the PMBOK(r) Guide Fifth Edition to have some influence on the work. The first products of this effort should be available around mid year.
  • I’m planning on more photography training.  I tried a test HD video and am just lacking good sound input which I hope to correct this year.
  • Continued work on assembling “stock” presentations on topics of importance and interest to me and value to others and seeking venues to share them.
  • Continued participation in and
  • Finally, I have a professional interest in school improvement. It was reported by some in 2011 that the US was 38th in education among industrialized nations. I’m going to continue to seek ways, even if small, to influence change here.

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