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.

Alex is an Atlanta native. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Management. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Information Systems from The George Washington University. After a 15-year career in manufacturing and financial services, Alex broadened his experience by working in diverse industries ranging from health information management to the non-profit sector. He was instrumental in the turn-around of a public company which recently sold for $300MM. Alex serves as a mentor in the Catholic Charities Leadership Program as well as the Georgia Tech MentorJackets program. He is President Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Network and an event sponsor for the George Washington University Alumni Association Atlanta Club. He was instrumental in the foundation of NobisWorks (f/ka Recycletronics), an e-waste recycling business that provides employment for disabled veterans and funds training programs while reducing e-waste in landfills. He also serves on the boards of Lifecycle Building Center and Pinecrest Academy. He and his wife María are active members of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta and are the parents of five children ranging in age from adolescent to young adult.