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Reflections on 2012, hopes for 2013

At our last team meeting, we spent some time as a group reflecting back on the past year and thinking about the year ahead and I wanted to share it with you.

I borrowed a really nice format for planning or reviewing from someone I met while in Denmark (a graduate of the very cool Kaos Pilots programme) and we filled it in together on the blackboard.

It’s probably a bit difficult to see the detail (our blackboard wall is in a corridor, which isn’t very photo-taking friendly, but some of the 2012 highlights were:

  • Getting some great new clients on board
  • Hiring the amazing Belinda and the awesome Ruth
  • Will launching his book – Culture Shock
  • Our first year of Meaning Conference
  • Making a profit and sharing it within the company
  • A programme of training in facilitation, organisational design and change
  • Producing the company’s budget collectively (as a whole team in a group setting)
  • Kicking off the fantastic Social Customer Care roundtable sessions

And just some of our hopes for 2013 are:

  • Running training courses in our amazing new offices
  • Bringing more of ourselves into our work
  • To do even more that delivers on our mission
  • Making some really interesting mistakes
  • More cooking and eating together
  • Making a profit to do even more good stuff
  • Having fun and being creative
  • Making less waste

A drawing on the NixonMcInnes blackboard

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  1. tim rabjohns

    How does the Danish method work – looks like you drew a picture of the river Thames and wrote around it…(i’m sure its more scientific than that) Thanks for sharing -

    I like the “WIn Everything” line in the middle – good aspiration!

    Posted 11th January 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Hi Tim, I don’t think it’s much more scientific than that – it’s simply a way of prompting your thoughts and having a conversation in a particular way. Additionally, you can draw out a list of Stop, Start, Continue (Keep, Drop, Add). Thanks for the comment.

    Posted 14th January 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

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