It’s December and a lot of folks are starting to downshift…

While many of you (okay, maybe just the guys on my rugby team) will be doing something like this later this month, others like to use the coming weeks as a chance to stop and think. Even if this is one of the busiest times of the year for you (this is true for us here at CSR), there is a definite shift of attention from transactional, business items to more of a musing of what the past year was about and what is coming.

Take advantage of this. Without the day to day pressures of the business stressing you, think about what went right, what went wrong, and what you learned about it. Think about your team and what you can do for each person on it to help them be better versions of themselves. Finally, think about what next year at this time will look like – use this as an opportunity to “review” the coming year and what you would like to have achieved.

Finally, regardless of whether this was the best year you’ve had or a nightmare, be grateful – it can always be worse.

An Atlanta native, Alex graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Management and received a Master's degree in Information Systems from George Washington University. After a 15-year career in manufacturing, health information management, and financial services, Alex broadened his experience even more by working in diverse industries ranging from multiple professional service verticals (e.g., law, medical, engineering, etc.) to the non-profit sector. He was instrumental in the turn-around of a public company which subsequently sold for $300MM. Alex's root's run deep through the Atlanta community he serves. He is a mentor in the Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets program, President Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Network, and an event sponsor for the George Washington University Alumni Association Atlanta Club. He currently serves on the boards of Pinecrest Academy and Lifecycle Building Center, a nonprofit community resource whose mission is to make the lifecycle use of the built environment increasingly efficient and sustainable.