Joy Strategies

For Your Success in the Business of Life

In This Issue:


Ask the Coach

In the Spirit of Giving...

Save the Date: Boston Public Library Event 1/7/14


Join Allison
January 7th at the
Boston Public Library

For an inspirational 
discussion of
The Joy of Strategy;
A Business Plan for Life 
Learn how to create strategies for success in business and life. 
This year, don't just make a resolution - make a plan. 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Central Library, 
Copley Square
Conference Room 05/06
Admission is Free
Books Available for Purchase On-Site from
Brookline Booksmith
Mini-Workshops and Keynote Addresses

Contact us at to arrange a complimentary keynote address or mini-workshop for your organization with a bulk purchase of The Joy of Strategy
Ask the Coach

Do you need new
strategies to help
you succeed in 
business and life?  
Send your questions to with subject line: Ask the Coach

Dear Friends of Allison Rimm and Associates,

Well, 2013 has been quite a year - full of trials and triumphs.  Our nation has endured the impact of wild storms in nature and in Washington.  My own city asserted its strength in the wake of the horrific events at the Boston Marathon and has come out even stronger thanks to the extraordinary acts of kindness, generosity and bravery of so many of our citizens and public servants.  I’ve never been more proud and grateful to be a part of this spectacular community.
Professionally, this year has been richly rewarding as I’ve had the privilege of working with a stellar group of colleagues and clients. It has been an honor to work and grow with you as we learn from one another. And, of course, my long-held dream was realized with the release of my book, The Joy of Strategy. My intention for writing it was to help others make their dreams come true.  That endeavor certainly took a village and I’m grateful to the many people who helped make it a reality.  Please join me at the Boston Public Library on January 7 where I will present strategies for making 2014 all you hope it can be.  

I hope you will take a few moments to reflect on the past year and all that you’ve experienced and accomplished.  And do take time to acknowledge the many gifts with which you are blessed.  In that way, you can savor them all again.   

I wish you comfort and joy this holiday season and thank you, as always, for your support, engagement and good works.

With My Best Wishes,



The Joy of Giving... Of Yourself

The holiday season gives us an important opportunity to step back and reflect on what we’re grateful for in November, focus on giving in December, and plan for a meaningful new year in January. Today, I’d like to offer you a brief respite to contemplate how joyful giving can truly be, when done mindfully and in more than just “check this off the to-do list” fashion.

You Get What You Give

Charitable giving is surely a major highlight of the holiday season as fundraisers and procrastinators scramble to take advantage of tax deductions before the year runs out. Sharing our financial resources is indeed an important way to give back and many worthy organizations depend on that generosity. When you give financially, you get the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting good works.  When you make a more personal gift – of your time and talents, you get back so much more.  Let me show you what I mean with a real life example of how your charitable activities can be fulfilling on many levels.

My Family Case Study: Brookline Teen Center

I’ve created a business plan for my life that addresses finding a good balance among my activities in the four major aspects of life: family/relationships, career/vocation, community, and mind/body/spirit.  This year, my relationship with the Brookline Teen Center (BTC) touched all four.  Let’s take these one at time.


Ask the Coach

Q: I have so much going on this year between work, managing my kids’ activities and caring for my aging parents. I’m exhausted and the holiday festivities just feel like a long list of obligations. How do I find the spirit of the season when I have dozens of gifts to buy for extended family I only see once a year?  Louise 

A:  Thank you for asking what is on the minds of so many people. The holidays can be stressful for many people in many ways. The feeling that all that gift giving and party-going is something to survive is not uncommon. One thing you can try this year is choosing one event to attend and declining the other invitations if going to all of them feels like too much.  If you could only go to one event, which one would be most enjoyable? Simply giving yourself permission to say no to all of the others may feel quite liberating and allow you to enjoy the one or two events you do attend.
Likewise, with gift giving, you can do quite a bit to reduce that burden. What does “the spirit of the season” mean to you?  Consider talking to your extended family about creating a new gift-giving tradition that fits with your definition. Perhaps you can agree that you will each pick a name and buy one person a special gift rather than buying everyone something smaller.  Or, you might like to get together as a group and select a charity to donate to in lieu of all that shopping.  Just because you have certain traditions doesn’t mean you can’t create new ones as your circumstances change and your personal philosophy evolves.
Above all, show compassion for yourself and those you care about. Trust each other enough to talk about your limitations and come up with solutions that make the holidays feel more like the celebration they are meant to be. If you are able to reduce the work associated with it, perhaps you can all just focus on celebrating one another and having fun.

In the Spirit of Giving

In this season of giving, I’d like to share two inspiring works with you.

TEDx Talk: The Power of Appreciation

Are you so busy looking forward to your next accomplishment that you’re forgetting to appreciate where you are and the people in your life?  The next 18 minutes of your life will be very well spent if you click on this link and listen to the wisdom and experience of author, Mike Robbins.


Saving the World at Work: What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference by Tim Sanders

A single person can help to change the world through simple acts of leadership and compassion. This book is full of true stories about how straightforward focus and devotion drove ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference.
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