As the Christmas season fastly approaches, I once again dig out the christmas decorations. As I sort through them (6 large Rubbermaid tubs) to see what I will put up this year. Every year I look at the amount of decorations I have collected over the years and once again I resist the temptation to go out and buy some new christmas decorations to add to the collection (because it is always nice to put up a couple of new things each year). The task of decorating falls solely on my shoulders. So, I only pull out a quarter of the decorations, because one; I am the one who has to put them away and two I have to dust “the stuff”.
I find that if I do not decorate in November I run out of time and I am rushed to create a christmas atmosphere. The holiday season seems so rushed every year and still haven’t figured out where time goes. We all get busy and before we know it Christmas is here (with or without homemade Christmas baking). So, the question is how do I slow down? (If I had the magic wand to that question I would be rich woman). We still have to work though until holidays, so we lumber through.
The season is all about giving to others. We shop for the perfect gifts and rush to wrap and send parcels away to friends and family. What do we do for ourselves?
So here is my suggestion; create a learning moment. Invite a couple of friends over, put on a pot a coffee and serve up some of those Christmas cookies you just baked. Gather around the table and plug-in your wireless laptop or iPad and click on www.knowledgeconnector.ca, You can complete an online Assessment that will identify your skills as a leader as well identify the gaps, which at the end will create a “report card” and link you automatically to learning opportunities. It is that easy. It is never too late to plan ahead and create a learning plan for you and some friends that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Here are just a few learning options that I have pulled from the Knowledge Connector Website that may be of interest to you:
- Leadership Webinars (FREE) from LeadershipLearning.org
- Blogs and articles highlighting a variety volunteer and non-profit issues, solutions and suggestions at TheVantagepoint.ca
- FREE Webinars (check out the archive as well) on Community Development and Community Engagement ideas go to AceCmmunities.ca
- How-to articles, volunteer educational opportunities go to CharityVillage.com
- CharityCentral.ca will guide you through the ins and outs of operating a charity organization (and will even come out to you…)
- ManagementHelp.org listed are a variety of resources for educational opportunities
There is that old saying “do as I do not as I say…” well I am taking my own advice and creating a learning plan that is designed just for me that I can do from the comfort of my own home (or couch). So start your new years resolution today. Follow along on my blog as I track my progress (good or bad) over the next couple of months. I welcome your feedback as well so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.