Are you ready for a Happy New Year?

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Today is the day after summer: the start of a New Year.

The calendar says we celebrate New Year’s Day at midnight on January 1.  But living in America’s heartland, everyone knows the morning after Labor Day is really New Year’s Day.  Need proof? Both of my daughters started school again today.  Happy New Year to Katie and Anna.

Good heavens…where did our summer go? I blinked a few times and the dog days of summer simply vanished. So much golf to play…so little time now. The Minnesota State Fair is over and the sun sets before 8 o’clock tonight. Seriously?  Argghhh…WHERE DID OUR SUMMER GO?

Alas, we are nothing if not resilient. Back to school means high school football, marching bands and back-yard bonfires. Falling temperatures and colored leaves signal Halloween, Thanksgiving and the first snowfall. It’s all good!

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Back to school today! Anna (left) started her junior year in high school today -- Katie started her senior year in college. Where did our summer go?

Even better? Over the years I’ve learned to think of Fall, Winter and Spring as the “seasons for working.”  Yes, summer is gone, yet here’s the good news for business: in September the phone starts to ring again.  The lazy, hazy days of summer give way to the exuberance (paranoia?) of important business goals.  Some clients have pent up demand…others have a use-it-or-loose-it budget mindset.  After 27 years of professional services experience, I’ve learned the best part about “the new year/end of summer” is the phone starts to ring again. And new client work is exciting and fun.

So what do you want to work on together in the excitement of a new year? Remember, when good leaders work together with good intentions, great things are possible!

Good leaders make it a habit to seize the summer as a time for rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit.   They build excitement for the promise of the new year, filled with anticipation for what is possible.

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5 Comments

  1. Tim Schram on September 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I can appreciate your post about how the morning after Labor Day begins the “new year.” For many of us, this marks the beginning of ramping up for trade show and conference season, and it almost feels like it is a new year. I know I’m busy revamping marketing materials and updating our branding so that it’s fresh.

    It’s a mental struggle, because part of me can’t accept, or doesn’t want to accept, the fact that winter’s on the way. However at work, we just started our new fiscal year, so it’s a perfect time to take personal inventory of what items I can work on for the year, and what direction I want to take our company as part of our marketing message.

    It’s also a time for me to inventory what items will make worth-while training topics for our team this year.  Training and marketing, just like the seasons, must change, no matter how some try to fight it.



  2. Tim Schram on September 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I can appreciate your post about how the morning after Labor Day begins the “new year.” For many of us, this marks the beginning of ramping up for trade show and conference season, and it almost feels like it is a new year. I know I’m busy revamping marketing materials and updating our branding so that it’s fresh.

    It’s a mental struggle, because part of me can’t accept, or doesn’t want to accept, the fact that winter’s on the way. However at work, we just started our new fiscal year, so it’s a perfect time to take personal inventory of what items I can work on for the year, and what direction I want to take our company as part of our marketing message.

    It’s also a time for me to inventory what items will make worth-while training topics for our team this year.  Training and marketing, just like the seasons, must change, no matter how some try to fight it.



  3. Ford on September 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I am one of those privileged to be a teacher of children starting school this month. It is indeed a new year, and one filled with promise and opportunity. At my school in Minneapolis, we lead our charges each fall in a process by which they identify their hopes and dreams for the coming year. It is a great reminder that we adults also have hopes and dreams for the year. Teachers are among the few workers who get an utterly fresh start each year. All the previous work disappears in June, and we start again in September with new faces and new ideas for making learning meaningful and exciting. My hopes and dreams for the months ahead are that my little learning community works happily and effectively, and that I can bring those skills along so my students leave me ready for what lies ahead. I also have dreams of continued learning and growth for myself



  4. Ford on September 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I am one of those privileged to be a teacher of children starting school this month. It is indeed a new year, and one filled with promise and opportunity. At my school in Minneapolis, we lead our charges each fall in a process by which they identify their hopes and dreams for the coming year. It is a great reminder that we adults also have hopes and dreams for the year. Teachers are among the few workers who get an utterly fresh start each year. All the previous work disappears in June, and we start again in September with new faces and new ideas for making learning meaningful and exciting. My hopes and dreams for the months ahead are that my little learning community works happily and effectively, and that I can bring those skills along so my students leave me ready for what lies ahead. I also have dreams of continued learning and growth for myself



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