Thursday, 31 December 2009

New Years Eve 09

Well, once again it's time to 'ring out the old' and 'bring in the new'. This seems to be coming round more quickly each year - scary! However, as is the custom I have been reflecting on the last year at Socitm, and it has been quite a journey - although I suspect, to keep the metaphor going, that we are only about half way through this particular roller coaster ride ......

For me the year has shown just how easy it would be to simply grow content with, or become resigned to, a particular set of circumstances or way of doing things and that to allow this way of thinking is to give up on improvement and growth and excellence. However, as at the end of most years when looking back, you often realise just how differently you would have approached certain things if only  you had known then what you know now....

Nonetheless we have seen some really positive developments. The Society now has a robust and well managed financial foundation and development plan, it is developing a much better understanding of its own identity and purpose and has made significant investment in people, with new technical and administrative staff as well as three new senior roles in the Heads of Policy, Membership and Business Development. All in all it has been a year of serious foundation building which means that the next year must see some real work building on these foundations!

Our focus will be very firmly fixed in the three key areas of:
  • members service,
  • policy development
  • resource provision through business development activity.
We are looking forward to finally being able to develop deeper, mutually beneficial, relationships with members from our supplier community, to the development of corporate membership for our public and third sector members and of continuing our growing role in policy development and influence. All of this alongside our committment to personal development opportunities for our members and the embedding of professionalsim within IT and related disciplines.

I think some of our most exciting plans are around the building of 'member communities' so watch out for these in 2010 and beyond.

Back to 2009 - not a bad year for starting things but, to quote Francis Drake (not something I do very often),
                       “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing
                         unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”

If you are thinking of any New Year Resolutions here is a 'helpful' quote from Oscar Wilde:

"good resolutions are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account".

And finally, something helpful, because if you are like me and most people I know you will start to sing Auld Lang Syne but sort of peter out somewhere just after the first line - so here are the words....

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak'A cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

Happy 2010

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