I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you all. We just finished a great celebration and planning meeting so I wanted to share a recap with the friends in our community.
Last weekend our entire team including families met at historic Chico Hot Springs for a dinner to celebrate the many achievements of the past year. It’s great to spend time with the group when we’re not under the pressures of our daily work routines and it’s great to meet or reacquaint ourselves with family members that we don’t see often enough. Things had been so hectic leading up to the meeting that I really hadn’t had a chance to review the attendee list and was shocked to see all of the extra seats in the room in comparison to last year’s event. It was a wild year of growth and achievement at Foundant and it’s easy to lose track of it all when you’re so close to the action. Some of the celebrated 2011 achievements include the launching of the online community where you’re reading this blog, execution of regional trainings and user group meetings all over the country, initial release of our new reporting functionality, transition of our hosting environment to RackSpace and the addition of 106 new customers. Wow, our amazing team accomplishes so much for such a small group!
Following our evening of celebration it was back to the grindstone as we worked through two long days of planning for 2012 and beyond. We tried a new planning method this year and are thankful to our friends at Leadership Outfitters for coaching the Foundant management team on this approach. Historically we have given each functional group in the company (sales/marketing, client services and software development) autonomy in defining their top priorities to align with a few top level goals. This year’s approach was an all-hands-on deck method where the entire team worked together to define specific action plans aligning with five major strategies/themes.
It was rewarding and exciting to see teamwork in action as we made difficult prioritization decisions and defined plans that will help Foundant better serve our customers. Action plans are still being fine-tuned but you’ll soon see execution along these themes and I’m confident you’ll like the results.
I want to thank you all for everything you did to make 2011 a great year at Foundant. We’re excited to work with you to make 2012 even better for us all!