From the Board – December 2015: Dejana Knih, vice-president

DEJANA KNIH Where has the year gone!

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Actual Calgary dog in actual Calgary snow

December is here. The first snow has come and gone in Calgary. And another great year of: board work, theory & best practice discussions, training, conferences and hands-on work at The City of Calgary, is coming to a close.

One of my favorite parts of year end is getting to reflect. What went well? What did you learn? What could be better? Where do you want to go next year?

I always reflect with clients on the lessons learned after an initiative. Well, we didn’t embark on a project together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reflect together. Here are my reflections on P2 in 2015.

What went well?

  • Critical mass. More and more I am seeing media stories about P2 and stakeholder expectations for P2. This is a huge win for the practice. It is a signal that as a profession we are reaching critical mass, or that point where P2 is shifting into the everyday conversations and more importantly norm expectations.

What did you learn?

  • Creativity is often best realized within clearly defined boundaries. This came out of an enlightening conference conversation and I have seen it realized in many ways. One way is in the requests I get for collaboration and innovation. These requests come frequently in practice but without boundaries implementation can be challenging, if not impossible, without clear boundaries.

What could be better?

  • Big conversations. Organizations across sectors have done great project specific engagements. For amazing examples look no further than the Core Values Award But where I would like to see the practice and practitioners delve into are those big (think global) conversations. Climate change is top of mind right now and big discussions like these need a P2 layer.

Where do you want to go next year?

  • Montréal! I am so excited for the Montréal conference. I have never been to the city and more importantly seeing all of the hard work that is happening behind the scenes has me really excited to attend and be a part of the amazing conversations with brilliant people.

What about you? What went well? What did you learn? What could be better? Where do you want to go and also where do you want to go (or see the practice go) in 2016?

Share your thoughts, reflections and hopes in the comments.

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