Working Out Loud Week 6

This week is a real milestone, it marks the half way point in my working out loud circle experience. The weeks have flown by and it is amazing how many moments of synchronicity have happened during the last few weeks.

 

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Here are my reflections:

It is amazing how quickly you can build deep relationships with your fellow circle

We only have 1hrs of face to face virtual contact a week but the commitment from the group to support and help each other is enough to leave me feeling incredibly supported. This is particularly important when you’re taking risks, or moving out of your comfort zone to achieve your goals. Thank you Circle A for being so awesome.

I’ve found some of the tasks harder than I would have thought

It is no secret that I’m an over sharer, I’m quite comfortable living my life out through social media and sharing a lot of myself. However I found the week 5 exercise ’50 facts about you’ quite difficult. There are lots of things I could share about myself but how much do I share? how deep I delve into myself to let others know and understand me? Within my circle I’ve shared my 50 facts about me, I’m not sure it is content for the big wide world. And that is OK, I don’t have to share everything publicly but it has surprised me how the exercise has played out.

How much of your WOL journey should be public and private?

I’ve wresteled with this a lot over the last couple of weeks. By definition working out loud means you are sharing, you’re being open. But how much of your experience is helpful within the privacy of the circle and how much do I share on my blog and through social media. My solution is a hybrid. I’m sharing reflections (here on this blog) I’m sharing breakthroughs as they happen on twitter, in my WOL community on Workplace by Facbook and in the WOL facebook community. So far it seems to be working.

Everyone is reading Design Your Life

It is funny how a book seems to be on everyone’s reading list. My circle introduced me to the book, I ordered it and read a few pages. I can see how it might help with my goal so I am working through it slowly. Kathryn Everest is on my list and when I caught up with her I mentioned the book, she is also reading it, as is another friend of ours. We’ve now formed a book club. I’ve since told some colleagues about the book and they are also planning on reading it. The jury is out on whether it will help me but I’ve found the Workview and Lifeview reflections very helpful.

I’m very excited about introducing WOL Circles into my workplace

I knew I needed to experience a WOL circle before I could even consider introducing the concept to Pearson. But I’m already seeing how WOL would work and provide us with a huge opportunity. I met with John Stepper (swoon) this week and we discussed how he’s been working with other organisations. I think the most exciting thing about this is that John’s approach allows practioners or advocates for WOL to experiment, there is no pressure, the resources are freely available so you can proof test and gather evidence of the impact it can have before engaging more deeply. Over the coming weeks I plan to seek out folks who’ve introduced WOL in their workplace and think about how I will run a pilot and with who.

My WOL journey continues, here is to the next 6 weeks…

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I’m back…

It has been a while, there was the small matter of growing a baby and then keeping said baby happy for the last 7 months. But yesterday I found myself back in the comfortable saddle of work and it was like i’d never been away. Except I have, and instead of being responsible for one little human I am now responsible for two…

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Whilst on maternity I have had some time to reflect and think. And there has been a lot to think about in 7 short months the UK voted out of Europe, Trump voted in and our news is dominated with the horrors that are still taking place in Syria, Yeomen to name but a few. Some days the world feels like a very scary place, unsafer, more worrying. And I probably do worry a lot more now because I have these two small people to consider.

Communities and social media has played a massive part in the outcomes of some big events and over the course of 2017 we will see and hear more through our mediums of choice. At times i’ve felt incredibly overwhelmed and frustrated and as someone with a huge social  media footprint i’ve found my timelines bombarded with desperation, negativity and anger from all sides of the political spectrum. I’ve seen friends, families and work colleagues fall out as individuals wear their heart on their sleeve when it comes to their political persuasion.

At the beginning of the year I made a resolution of sorts and that was to be more thankful. I wanted to try and cancel out some of the negativity with positivity. I wanted to put it out there to the universe that I am thankful for the big things, the little things and everything in between.

So i’d like to put it out there that I am thankful for meeting some wonderful new people in 2016. One in particular inspired me to explore my creativity and turn on my sewing machine. So when the world outside is feeling all too much I explore a new community i’ve immersed myself in, as I start to get to grips with the basics of sewing and take on some new personal projects.

I am also thankful to be able to get back to a job I enjoy very much and I hope I am able to continue sharing my community experiences with you through 2017.