Prepare to be challenged

Thank you to all of you who attended and participated in The State of the PPEM discussion.  Congratulations to Kaixi Zhao who won the drawing for  travel funding to be used to attend a scientific conference or to travel for training.

The theme of the meeting and for the coming year is CHALLENGE. In the coming year I expect you to challenge me, for me to challenge you, for you and your colleagues to challenge each other, but most of all I expect for you to challenge yourself.

We talked about the tension between being humble verses hidden. I challenged the group to let us know the great things they are doing or hear about so that we don’t stay hidden. One excellent suggestion for those that are uncomfortable announcing their on good news, was to think of yourself as a representative of the department and how your good news helps the department shine. I am hoping you will send us your news (photos included) as it is happening so we can share it with each other and our supporters through our social media presence.

As you know I make my new year’s resolutions in October, so rather than making resolutions, I reflect on what I did last year and what I would like for this year. I asked three questions during the discussion but here are all the questions I ask myself this time of year. Maybe they are useful to you too.

  • What would you like to be your biggest triumph?
  • If you could go back in time, what advice would you like to give yourself for last year and is it still applicable this year?
  • What is the major effort you are planning to improve your funding results this year?
  • What would you be most happy about completing this year?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself?
  • What are you looking forward to learning?
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be?
  • What story to do you tell about yourself that if you gave it up would allow you be happier?
  • What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving for the good of the department?
  • What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore?
  • What relationship was the hardest for you to manage last year and what are you willing to invest to make it better this year?
  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of?
  • Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to serving?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme this year?


Have a dynamite year!



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