December 28, 2012
I always make one or two personal New Year’s resolutions and quite honestly I generally break them by about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. You know the typical, unachievable diet-related ones like “I’m not going to eat bread anymore,” or the overly optimistic work/balance ones such as “I’m going to read something not related to strategic planning.”
So this year I’m trying something new. I’ve decided on two professional New Year’s resolutions and I’m going to share them in hopes that I can stick to them:
- I will attend more face-to-face, professional advancement programs for me so that I can continue to learn and improve what I do in my job. So I’m not talking about the industry educational programs I always go to because my own association produces, I’m referring to the advanced workshops and networking programs targeted to Executive Directors and CEOs like those by the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE).
- I’m going to teach myself a new social media platform, most likely Pinterest, and use it in a way that will benefit the work I do for my associations. I typically hesitate when it comes to learning new technology because my first reaction is usually, “I don’t want to know it because it’s just one more thing to monitor or something else to distract me or take more of my time that I don’t have.” So even though there are experts in my organization that have mastered social media and I can rely on as resources, I need to know it too.
Check in with me by February and I’ll let you know how I’m doing. In the meantime, what are some of your professional New Year’s resolutions you’re making? Share them with me.
Holly Koenig is Vice President of Kellen Company and manages the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter, the International Interior Design Association, New York Chapter and the Home Fashion Products Association