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Happy New Year From Common Ground Consulting! Happy New Year From Common Ground Consulting!
Common Ground Consulting LLC
January 2011 Common Ground Email News
Learning And Growing Each Day From Every Moment And Every Experience

EARLY 2011
Water Ring

What a year! In 2010, I spent a whopping 215 days on the road, working in 15 states and 11 countries. This included three trips and eight weeks working in Afghanistan and more than a 160,000 miles in the air.

Though all of that travel takes its toll, I was humbled by the chance to be a small part of amazing social change projects happening in all sorts of communities around the world.

"Craig, I've rarely met anyone as passionate about their work as you are, and I found it to be inspiring and contagious. After the first meeting I was feeling like I could change the world (well, not the world, perhaps just the work ethics here). The problem with passion though is that it needs to be nurtured, something that I'm finding lacking in Albania.

I'm also realizing for the first time why some people may quit their jobs after working with you: it's hard to go back to the routine after experiencing such a high. The longer my stay here, the more often I catch myself thinking: Don't worry, it's only till September. Then you get to go back to your real work! That "Life happens on the edge of your comfort zone" is making me think that perhaps I should bring my 'real work' here..."

Ravesa Lleshi
Institue for Economic and Legal Consulting, Tirana, Albania

The CG Blog (distinct from our main website) was created in an effort to nurture a vibrant online social profit community; it's been very successful with participation from our friends and clients around the world. We hope you'll participate in our online dialogue and share your passion, wisdom, and experience. Please use the blog to ask questions and post your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.

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Happy New Year!

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

- Albert Einstein

As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on a year well-lived. Looking back, the experiences I've had these past 12 months have been life-changing--constantly reminding me of what really matters in life. At times, it's been challenging and difficult, full of unexpected hurdles; and then in the next moment, it's been joyful, loving, and full of laughter.

I hope that 2010 was a wonderful year for you, too.

Fortunately, if I'm on the road then I'm doing what I love: using presence, passion, and purpose to help people and organizations follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

At Common Ground, our job is to help you uncover, discover and use your unique talents in order to manifest powerful change in your life and the lives of those your work touches.

More than 90% of all of our engagements this past year continued to come from your direct referrals and for that we are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Please click the 'pics' link on the left to view lots of great new photos added to our website in 2010. And please be sure to take a look at the case study slideshows we developed for some of our work in Afghanistan, Bolivia, and Kosovo.

Though the past couple of years have been tough for so many people and organizations, we're amazed everyday by the creativity, commitment and hard work of people committed to their life's mission.

At Common Ground, it continues to push us to innovate when it comes to the services and assistance we can offer.

Last year, for example, we began offering Leadership Coaching services to our social profit and civil society clients; and in 2010 we saw our expectations met and exceeded.

Using telephone and internet video communications, we're now able to help you solve tough problems without incurring ever-increasing travel expenses. Of course, we're still be on the road with you as often as necessary, but our hope is that this service will meet some of your short-term or emergency needs.

To learn more about our new Leadership Coaching or to schedule a session, please click the 'coaching' link to the left.

And rest assured that in 2011 we'll be adding a host of new cost-effective tools to help you achieve your mission-critical goals.

Finally, please know that we feel honored and privileged to be even just a small part of your amazing efforts to make our world more just, more secure, and more ripe with the spirit of possibility.

As this new year and new decade dawn, may your life be filled with love, your heart with hope, and our world with peace.

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In Community, Craig

Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC

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