2011 – The Year in Review

Reflecting back over the past year it’s incredible to observe how much has happened and how far we have come.  It has been a particularly exciting time for our team packed with rewarding work and new opportunities. Today’s Karen Gately blog looks back… and looks forward.

After six years running Ryan Gately I took a much needed break and travelled for three weeks by myself through stunningly beautiful Wales and England.  For those of you looking for ways to recharge and find renewed passion for your work, I highly recommend spending time on your own with nothing to do but take in the wonders of the world around you.  I came back from my UK adventure ready to dive into the rest of the year, but especially driven to achieve greater clarity about the next steps in our business and my career. Following what turned out to be many months of reflection and discussion, I am happy to say the clarity I was looking for has been achieved. It’s been a great year spent further developing our offering and delivering new programs.  While our purpose and mission continues to be centred on our desire to support leaders to achieve business success through people, we have far deeper insight into how we do that and why it’s important.

Since early in my career I have held a passionate view that leading with integrity and compassion is crucial to success. Similarly, for many years I have espoused the importance of organisational culture on driving business performance.  2011 has been the year of discovering the extent to which underpinning everything I do is the belief that great results are achieved by harnessing the human spirit. In 2011 we have been lucky enough to have had many opportunities to work with our clients to influence the spirit of their teams.  We have helped leaders to access much more than a compliant contribution – in other words what people give because they are paid and feel obliged to. We have been keenly focused on tapping into discretionary effort, the stuff people give because they really want to.

Ultimately our focus in 2011 has been on building team spirit and harnessing the positive energy that is created when people are passionate about what they do and have deep emotional ownership of results.  My team and I have worked hard to help managers to understand the power of team spirit and how they can influence it in part through honesty delivered with sensitivity, and focusing on trust and respect, the foundations of all successful relationships.

For me a successful year is one that provides:

  • A sense of achievement and contribution
  • Opportunity to express our gifts and passions
  • Enjoyment and fulfilled aspirations
  • No regrets of lost opportunities
  • Enriching relationships

Reflecting on this list for my team and I, it truly has been a successful year.  This is in no small part influenced by the great relationships we have enjoyed with our clients, partners and one another.  For us (like the clients that we advise) having greater clarity and purpose has enabled us to focus our energy and take tangible steps towards achieving our goals.  This has been hard work, but mostly it has been energising and has left us reflecting on 2011 with a sense of achievement and having made a positive contribution in the lives of the people we work with.  We have taken many steps towards achieving our dreams, can confidently say we have no lost opportunities, and yet again have enjoyed a year meeting great people and building more enriching relationships.

Now it’s time to rest and enjoy the festive season with our friends and families.  We’ll be back after a short break in the first week of January; ready to dive into what will no doubt be another exciting year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to extend my best wishes to you and your families for the festive season. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you again in 2012.


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