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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 ProjectManagementQuestions.com and PMHut.com.
  • 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.

Have you been shy about commenting on a blog article? This site has two ways to share your expertise and opinions. First, there are a series of voting buttons at the end of each post. No need for a detailed explanation — just click the button to vote (after which you will see how other rated the article or page). The site also supports the reCAPTCHA application for detailed comments — in addition to commenting, your validation (are you human or computer spam?) contributes to digitizing books. Its a win for all!

So if you have any thoughts you would like to share, please rate the post, leave a comment, or drop me an email at sdcapmp@aol.com. Thanks for reading and a Happy, Healthy, and Abundant 2013 to all! This year will be the best year of the 21st Century yet!

Grateful and Resolute – 2012

Christmas 2011 found me in Palm Springs continuing my tradition now for several years.  And once more its almost time to depart for Philadelphia for my seventh annual PMI Leadership Institute Volunteer Strategy Meeting.  Work on the Community Development Governance Committee was completed in October and this year I will be a part of the Leadership Institute Advisory Group.

2011 was another a year of abundance with family, loved ones, and friends for which I am grateful.

For you, my readers, I am also grateful. Despite the fact that I’ve taken an extended blogging break, the site continued to have a steady stream of visitors. My special thanks 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.

2011 was an important year and I felt I’d really accomplished more than most other years:

  • At EDmin, I completed record year of services and support for clients and began to focus on an important new product. This is my 8th 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 (Dublin)  Leadership Institute Meeting and delivered a presentation on Conflict Resolution for Project Leaders, repeated that presentation a couple of months later for a Leadership Institute Masters Class, and then had two presentations at the Leadership Institute Meeting in Dallas. One was on the role of Finance and the other was on Transforming a Board from an Operational to a Strategic State of Mind.
  • With the Community Development Governance Committee, I continued to produce articles on Leadership and Governance, continued to participate in development of a conflict resolution and management program, and completed a Chapter Leaders Guide on Transition and Succession Planning.
  • Continued 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 integrating social networking with Linked In and FaceBook to the blog and made several invisible to readers but significant upgrades to the blogging platform.

The Project Notebook has now resided on WordPress for a year and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve been helping out as a volunteer answering questions at Project Management Questions and haven’t had to time create many posts, but I’m aiming to change that in 2012.  I’m grateful that you, the readers still continue to visit the articles.  And readership at Project Management Questions has been increasing as well – I’m getting a slow but steady stream of feedback for my work there.  A big thanks to Fadi El-Eter for the opportunity.

As for 2012, the planning is just beginning.  I’m in the process of evaluating trips to Marsailles France, Atlanta Georgia, Vancouver British Columbia, Washington DC, Sydney Australia, Jakarta Indonesia, and Singapore, plus other locations for PMI, personal business, business, or vacation.  I’m thinking about revitalizing this blog with additional new features and have just finished a few “practice sessions” with Twitter. I never did complete the main page for the domain, however I’m evaluating another domain and will most likely finish that page.  I’ve started working with some 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.  More to come on this topic as the year goes on.

In 2012 I plan to continue to revive my interest in photography for both enjoyment and as a support tool for business.  I’m putting together the necessary components to film and produce full HD video, and I suspect you will see some of those efforts take shape on this blog later this year.  For 2012, I’m planning to put together some “stock” presentations on topics of importance and interest to me and seeking venues to share them.  Its mostly a handwritten and short list right now, but as the year goes on, this too will take shape.

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.

Have you been shy about commenting on a blog article? This site has two ways to share your expertise and opinions. First, there are a series of voting buttons at the end of each post. No need for a detailed explanation — just click the button to vote (after which you will see how other rated the article or page). The site also supports the reCAPTCHA application for detailed comments — in addition to commenting, your validation (are you human or computer spam?) contributes to digitizing books. Its a win for all!

So if you have any thoughts you would like to share, please rate the post, leave a comment, or drop me an email at sdcapmp@aol.com. Thanks for reading and a Happy, Healthy, and Abundant New Year to all!

Extended Blogging Leave

I am going to extend my blogging “leave” until the end of first quarter next year. In the meantime, I am going to continue to post Susan Peterson’s articles and hope to back online blogging in 2011.

Blogging Break

For the next 3-6 months, I’m planning a brief blogging break to consider some site upgrades and advance other projects I’m working on. Susan Peterson’s articles will still appear as she provides them, there will be occasional short announcements and articles by me, and you may find some of my work in other places such as PM Hut and Project Management Questions. If you are interested in updates or have questions, please drop me a line at sdcapmp@aol.com or leave a comment on this post.

Cheers!
Ray

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