Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I would like to wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for your friendship and support over the past year. I have known and worked with many of you for many years and deeply appreciate the continued relationships. A lot has changed since I began DeEtta Jones and Associates in 2005, much of it due to your faith in me to deliver quality services that meet your needs. We now have a strong and growing cadre of consultants and facilitators and are offering an array of workshops, consulting services—ranging from strategic planning to executive coaching, and are in the research and development phase for a new suite of services for executive leaders.
We continue to offer the former Association of Research Libraries’ most popular workshops: Library Management Skills I and II, Library Project Management, and Leading Change Institute. In addition, we’ve piloted new workshops, including Inspirational Leadership and Introduction to Strategic Planning, for which we have received very positive feedback and a number of requests for 2010. These and all future workshops are being designed to take into consideration current budget and time restrictions.
The highlight of our year was the Service Excellence Symposium in September. We are thankful to the New York Public Library for co-sponsoring and hosting this event. The success of this experience has lead to several requests for repeat offerings in various regions of the U.S. We are also exploring ideas for other symposia topics and venues. Please let us know if you have ideas for a symposium. We would love to explore possibilities with you.
Looking ahead, we are in discussion with several organizations on how best to support the needs of executive leaders during times of constrained resources. These conversations, and new offerings, will include services and resources for downsizing organizations, restructuring, and positioning institutions and their staffs for a vibrant future.
Information on all of the items mentioned above can be found at DeEttaJones.com. We’ve recently redesigned the website to be more user-friendly and easy to update. So bookmark us—it will be updated regularly. Also, if you have ideas about information we should link to, please let us know. We’d like this website to be a helpful resource for managers and leaders.
Again, Happy Holidays and we look forward to working with you in 2010!