A little over a year in my new job, kadertrainer and coach in our karate club, 2 MOOCs under my belt, a major family loss… In short, grow or get crushed.
I felt somewhat stretched recently. Now I understand why. Now is the time to have a look back, on my personal ambitions for this year: my new year statement.
What a great feeling it is to read this post again and realize I have made progress. I feel like dancing and shouting it to the world. There you go. The shouting out, not the dancing:
- I have 2 great coachees who are ambitious, eager, demanding and motivated. I am thankful I get to co-facilitate their development journey. I also have countless ad-hoc coaching opportunities that enlighten my days and weeks.
- I work in a professional environment that helps me deliver at my best and lets me push the boundaries, with the coolest colleagues. Give me more!
- The Social leadership MOOC, my first MOOC ever. Baby steps in the big scary MOOC world. I really like the 4 week format, managed to stay engaged and finish the course. I noticed I learn better when I take intensive learning immersions of 1.5 to 2 hours at a time rather than 5-15 min flashes. I wonder why that is.
- I took part in a cMOOC, Corporate Learning 2025, #cl2025, where I met three incredible co-learners, with whom I engaged in a Working out loud circle. Well…working out loud, John Stepper, the German #WOL movement, I will come back to that later, there is so much to say… I also got insights into the corporate learning life of 8 totally different companies, and at the same time learned about bar camps, rediscovered Twitter, struggled to stay engaged, succeeded and then lost track again.
My biggest “Aha-moment”: when I realised that the one thesis I had dismissed right from the start (we, in L&D, can drive digitalisation within our organisation) was coming back like a boomerang: we, the L&D team, were given exactly that opportunity, served on a silver tablet. So there I was scrolling through all those dedicated blog contents and video recordings that dealt with driving digitalisation. I could have engaged with all of it synchronously, exchanging, processing along the way and I didn’t. You live and you learn.
- I co-lead for the first time a delegation of 20 karatekas and coaches to the Small States of Europe Championships in Andorra. Now that was some serious comfort zone stretching, or was it comfort zone bursting? I am still digesting the humongous amount of learning and growing that was triggered then. Mind-blowing is probably the best qualifier for how it feels right now.
So what’s next?
- Complete the “Learning how to learn” MOOC by Barbara Oakley. I have completed 3 weeks and am working on week 4…over the course of 4 months (grinse).
- Advertise the german-speaking course offered by Monika Schlatter “3 weeks of Twitter” to my colleagues and acquaintances.
- Engage with the Working out loud community and find ways to get my organisation to benefit from the approach. Practice working out loud myself. Start and facilitate a WOL circle?
- Manage and grow my network: diversity of thought and diversity of location are important in my eyes.
- Find one or two new coachees.
What went through your mind as you read this? Did you find inspiration? Ideas? Do you have a piece of advice you’d like to share?
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