This is the time of year to prepare for 2019. Every December I pull out my project list for the previous two years and look at the momentum I have generated and ask myself what my big vision goals are for the year ahead. I love doing this because it creates momentum and excitement for the year ahead, generating the ambitious goals I will use as a compass as I plan my professional development for the next year.

December 18 I will be leading my annual Carpe Annum event at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). I am proud and honored to have Stefano Bertuzzi as my co-host this year; CEO of the ASM. Stefano is a true innovator. He is ambitious, curious, accomplished and always ready to convene peers to think and dream together. I am very fortunate to have struck up a friendship with him!

My program will include a presentation of my latest work on the evolution of associations. It will be presented for discussion to the participants most of whom are CEOs and executives. The others are accomplished thought leaders in their various specialties. Attendance is already over thirty and everyone is someone I respect. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to generate new knowledge that we can all use in the year ahead to fuel growth.

Rick Grimm, CEO of the Institute for Public Procurement will be my special guest. He has recently reinvented governance at his organization and is now reaping significant rewards from the new model. So, we will get to dive into that! Rick is a great spirit, always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. He loves to share and learn. I met him recently through my good friend, Jeff Cobb, an expert on organizational learning.

This is one way I will seize the year ahead! Bringing together good colleagues to enjoy some holiday cheer while engaging in a mental jam Silicon-Valley-style, to invent the future. If you would like to know more about the details of Carpe Annum 2019, visit my recent blog post!

How will you put some rocket fuel in 2019 this week?

“Life is a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.”
-Thomas Merton