February 2017 Issue
As we get deeper into the new year. I think about what I can do to make some of my aspirations real for the year. This often involves stopping activities to make room for new objectives that will take me where I want to go. The filter I use is whether the activity aligns with my strengths. I evaluate activities based on the time they take and how much energy it costs. Then I look at who might do it better. When I look at my own activities, regular exercise always makes the cut because it helps me function better at everything. (Check out this article on Keystone Habits) What did I give up? I delegated filing income tax to an accountant who has an amazing gift for managing details related to her field. This frees me to focus on things that align with my strengths.
In thinking about our chapter, I’ve been thinking how to ensure that ATD Puget Sound stays healthy and relevant to make a difference for you, our members, and our community. I love that we’re a community that dreams big. But as I once heard someone say, “Anything is possible; everything is not possible.” With that in mind, I’d like to share a set of principles that will guide the Board decisions about what we’ll focus on this year.
Vision & Mission. Our vision is to be recognized as the premier resource for professional development in the workplace learning and performance field in Puget Sound area. It’s a big vision and one that requires our organization to stay relevant and connected to all that is happening in our field in the Puget Sound area. Our mission is to promote excellence in learning and performance improvement; ATDps professionals together create a world that works better.
Value. Our annual survey tells us what’s important to you. Our satisfaction surveys and pulse surveys give us real time feedback on how we’re doing. Some things are easy to discern; however, often our data indicates trends to and areas to explore, rather than an answer. For example, in our recent survey about chapter meeting location, we learned that there was no easy answer.
Our Ability to Deliver. We have incredibly talented volunteers who share their time and expertise to help us deliver great programs. We know that all our volunteers have full lives, so we need to balance our aspirations with what is possible and helps us grow.
We thrive in feedback. As you plan your year for 2017, you may have some goals of our own. Keep telling us what programs and offerings are valuable for you by including your voice in the surveys or contacting me or someone on the board. And if you’re thinking about getting involved, check out the article from Brent Kobayashi this month.
Together, we can do great things.
Janet Williams Hepler
|Chapter Special Events
Moderated by Margo Myers, Executive Coach and Former TV Anchor, this will be an opportunity for you to participate in cross-field networking. Whether you are a coach, HR professional, learning & development expert or OD practitioner, this event is for you.
We will conduct a serious discussion with Q&A about our value and impact for business. Along with this there will be good food, drink, and connection. Please join us!
PARKING: PARKING IS ON-STREET. WE RECOMMEND COMING EARLY, CARPOOLING OR TAKING ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION.
WHY ATTEND? We have a great panel of professionals from across the region for you to meet and connect with, they include:
This is a great opportunity for expanding professional contacts and finding those key points of nexus in our work.
Please join fellow professionals from Association for Talent Development (ATD) Puget Sound,International Coach Federation (ICF) Washington State and Lake Washington Human Resource Association (LWHRA) for a fun and informative evening finding those key points of nexus in our work.These allied professional organizations share a common goal to empower the talent in their organizations to maximize potential, contributing to successful business outcomes.
This year’s program includes guided networking, live improv and a panel of experts from HR, Operations, Learning & Development, Coaching and Organizational Development.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Our February Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm is an evening chapter meeting! Join us for best practice sharing on working for managers without talent development backgrounds.
Interested in joining a small group around various talent development interests? Join one of our four interest groups around topics like the CPLP certification, member networking, learning and technology, or South Sound professionals. Interest group and partner events on our calendar for February include:
· Thursday, February 2 @ 5:00 PM | Seattle Networking Interest Group
· Tuesday, February 7 @ 5:30 PM | South Puget Sound Special Interest Group
· Wednesday, February 22 @ 5:00PM | Networking Interest Group
The Surprising Benefits of Volunteering
This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and I want everyone to “feel more love”. A surprising benefit of volunteering as written by Mark Horoszowski, Next Avenue Contributor, in his Forbes article 5 Surprising Benefits Of Volunteering,volunteering your love makes you feel more love, and the more people volunteer, the happier they are.
Six years ago when transitioning from a stay-at-home dad back into the workforce, my first step was volunteering with a local association, allowing me to develop new skills, build upon my strengths and develop a strong network. In addition, I created strong friendships and support system. In a short period of time, I secured a great role with a growing company. Another surprising benefit is volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills.
Volunteer with ATD Puget Sound and create dynamic business networks and lifelong friends. Check out the ATD Puget Sound website for detailed volunteer role descriptions and a list of current volunteer opportunities, including these exciting roles:
For more information, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our board members.
“One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” - Gordon Hinckle
To discover the other three surprising benefits of volunteering and read 5 Surprising Benefits Of Volunteering – Forbes, click HERE.
…and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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