2015: Year of Kind

What’s your word of the year? Worked it out yet? If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but I do strongly endorse focusing on a word or theme for the year.

Getting clarity on what it is you want focus on for the year is enormously helpful in helping you make decisions, filter opportunities, discard unnecessary distractions.

Conversations of Change Collaborator Susan Lambe of The Big Speak Easy locked hers down yesterday – “Detective”.


She explained:

So I wanted a word for 2015. But I wanted to avoid the ones that are so over-used they’ve become naff and insincere. I wanted it to be something about honesty, integrity, authenticity, trust, belief, courage, strength, resilience, and vulnerability. But none of those things – and yet all of them together. It also needed to speak to focus, perspective, facts, insight, clarity, and truth. And it came to me this morning. Not in any earth shattering way – I was just standing in the kitchen. I tried it out on paper with all of those words – and even more. It’s not an elegant word, but for me it captures all that I need to be this year: Detective.


Recent themes for me have been Zen, Trust, Catapult, Vulnerability,  and then last year surrender.


While noting Susan’s concerns about “nafness”, I’m going with kind this year.


This resonates deeply for me at the moment. There’s be some irony in it for some people. In being more kind to self, I’ll possibly be perceived as being selfish and not kind at all.


Being kind at times will definitely take more energy. It’s easy to throw out a snarky retort. It’s easy to be impatient and snap. I reckon there’ll be a fair bit of counting to ten.


But overall, I see it as a theme that has many applications – with self, there’s health, attitude, and esteem. With others, kindness offers up the opportunity of greater understanding, tolerance, room for growth.


But the value in having a word to focus on is simply asking the question – what does “kind/ness” have to offer this situation?


Sometimes the answers surprise you. I’ve got the feeling it will be very powerful for me this year.


Happy New Year – share your word in the comments!

Kindly yours,




PS – want to get in on the action straight away? For those in Australia and New Zealand get yourself some of the kindness cards from the Wake Up Project. So cool. Outside of Australia and New Zealand? Can’t go wrong getting involved in Random Acts action!


Dr Jen Frahm – Author of Conversations of Change: A guide to implementing workplace change.


  1. Trevor Young says:

    Hi Jen, I normally go with three words ‘cos choosing just one is too hard 🙂
    My word for this year is ART, but in the Seth Godin sense of the word, not Picasso (although I’m not ruling out the latter! Cheers TY

  2. Kate W says:

    Hi Jen,

    I like your word, and Susan’s too; they both resonate. Yours because I believe we all need to be a little kinder; to ourselves, to others, and to the world we all live in. Susan’s because, well, who doesn’t want to be a little bit more of a detective (and it’s also nice to be a little different)? I think, upon reflection, my word for 2015 is ‘delve’. 2015 is a year of new things for me, particularly professionally, and I am going to go need to search deep within to find the strength, motivation and determination to take on the challenges the year will bring. As I’m sure we all are though, I’m looking forward to the fresh start and the excitement a new year brings. Happy New Year to you too! Kate x

  3. Simon Terry says:

    i have chosen Gratitude for 2015.

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