Our first Coalfield Council Day of the new year (and new decade!) on January 24 was energetic and exciting! Our executive team and social enterprises gathered at our headquarters at West Edge Factory to set goals for the new year, problem solve, and celebrate how far we’ve come.
Director of Personal and Academic Development Kelli Crabtree helped us kick the day off by welcoming us to the space by reminding us that we’re all unique and have different skills and every one of us brings important things to the Coalfield team. She also came up with a fun icebreaker – share your name and a food that starts with the same first letter of your first name. A little bit of laughter and creativity was a fun way to start the day!
Our CEO Brandon Dennison has dubbed 2020 the year of the “Breakthrough.” He even had an equation for us: D + A = B. What does that mean, exactly? Discipline plus accountability equals a breakthrough. “We’ve persevered through challenges. We’ve refined our business plans. We’ve clarified our goals. Now it’s time to break through the various barriers that hold us back and realize our potential as an organization,” Brandon said.
For our first session of the day, we broke into groups to identify, discuss, and solve problems within each personnel type. Embracing our challenges is a good way to overcome them, and thinking and talking through these issues as a group was a great exercise. Business planning was also a big part of the day. Our teams and social enterprises sat down to discuss goals, progress on projects, review marketing plans, and brainstorm ways to make 2020 an even better year. Keeping an entrepreneurial mindset is important not only for our social enterprises, but for Coalfield as an organization.