Happy Pi Day!
Rather than judge the irrational or imaginary, let's consider how they can help us find answers.
And while you ponder that, have a piece of pie.
Isn't it funny how "big" birthdays make you pause?
"Big" tends to be defined by a 0 or a 5 at the end of the number, which is silly because if we used base-2 or base-12 number systems, those numbers would have a completely different value, right?
But those "big" ones...they get you in the thoughts...looking at what have I done? what do I want to do? what do I value? how do I provide value? why do I care about the things I care about?
I try to be thoughtful regularly--is that a characteristic of learning professionals?
What do you think about when you're doing an inventory--whether around a big birthday or a significant turn of the year?
And then what do you do in response to that thinking?
This year, I'm preparing to take the CPTD--the Certified Professional in Talent Development exam. It's really interesting, actually! I'm going through the TDBoK (I know, everything is an acronym, right? That one is the Talent Development Book of Knowledge) and some of the suggested supplemental resources with a study group to prepare, and in the process am getting reinforcement for work and processes I've followed for 10+ years as well as learning about possibilities, perspectives, and processes I haven't considered before!
It's exciting and creating new spaces and possibilities for projects and techniques, strategies and practices coming up in my future! Isn't that one of the important things to consider as one reflects?!
What about you? What are you reflecting on? What are you doing in response to those reflections? ("Nothing" is a fine answer, too. #YouDoYou!) And what are you looking forward to in your next trip around the sun?
I hope it is spent in part with us, your colleagues in Talent Development! Your participation makes the field richer, which helps us all make the world better through learning!
I just read an article that said "Changing Just 1 Word Can Help You Find a Solution."
Sometimes, it is that easy to blow my mind.
It's so obvious--giving myself permission to consider options with out restraint or expectation beyond reaching the goal. Super obvious, but had I thought of it before? --OK, maybe. But not lately! Certainly not while I've been juggling torches as I spin plates full of crystal--figuratively, of course--when the next move really matters to people!
What about you? What Could You Do?
And what other simple--not necessarily easy, but simple concepts have blown your mind lately?
Share in the LinkedIn chat.
Do you have that where some days are just more than others?
Maybe it's a day with an abundance of friends and family birthdays on it or a day when all of your projects are due or a day when the weather just decides to run counter to your needs? or perfectly suited to your needs?!
When it is happening to us, it can feel so vivid. When it is happening to others, it might just make us smile and nod.
There it just happened! I started this post at 9:30 am, and it is now 1:50 pm, but except for 20 minutes to wolf down some leftover veggie lasagna, I've been doing a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't even have on my list of must dos for this weird Mondayest of Tuesdays.
Anyway, my point before I was swept up in the tempest of having a "vivid" day myself was that when we're providing TD opportunities for people, in whatever our capacity, we may find we have folks unable to learn or unable to focus because they are having a day.
What can we do for them? for ourselves? How do we plan for that? Perhaps that is a basic question, but will you please give your thoughts anyway?
As we look at how to connect, what can we do to make connection possible? Even on those days.
I'm a big advocate of feedback.
I like the idea and believe in the opportunities feedback provides to broaden understanding and perspective, as well as to improve performance.
I often request it, though I also find folks feel comfortable giving it to me unsolicited. Sometimes, I appreciate that a little bit less, but I try to hear it and consider the perspective.
I especially appreciate it less if: A. I don't see how the providers fit into the chain of impact for this topic, and B. if their input was requested but not given prior to development. Do you know what I mean?
I try not to give unsolicited explicit feedback, though I probably do it sometimes. My apologies.
It's important, right? Each of us can only see what we can see, so having others who can provide us breadth of perspective is terrific.
James Clear had a quote on a recent 3-2-1 newsletter: "The trick to viewing feedback as a gift is to be more worried about having blind spots than hearing about them."
Good point, James. Good point.
How do you receive feedback?
How do you give feedback?
And What Else?
I'm asking because I'm curious? Will you please give me feedback about feedback?
Thanks in Advance!
Did you know that we--the ATD Maine Chapter--have agreements with the other New England Chapters to attend their programs for member price?
It's True! We do!
In fact, ATD Vermont just sent me their upcoming programs because I attended one of theirs last spring it was really good--about using LinkedIn with more engagement! In the next couple of months, they have a DEI Strategy Session (2/7), Navigating Difficult Conversations with the BRAVE Framework (2/16), and Smart Strategies to Increase Productivity (3/21)! You can find out more here!
You can actually find links to all of the New England Chapter websites here to see what's going on in the other states, as well!
A group of folks across the region have also just started talking about re-booting NEAC!
Do you remember the New England Area Conference (NEAC)? The last one we held was in March of 2019 because we were shut down by COVID just two weeks before the 2020 event! Technically, we had some online offerings from it, but...but now we're ready to bring it back, baby! We're looking at late October/early November somewhere easily accessible in Massachusetts (central-ish).
It's a professional development conference as well as a regional chapter leader conference to support all of our New England Chapters! We'll open the call for RFPs soon, so if you have a workshop you'd like to submit for it, keep an eye peeled for the announcement.
Or if you'd like to be on the event planning committee or volunteer that day, each of which earns you a discount on the price, will you please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the list of people to contact?
Our industry is all about connection! and our region of the country is chock-a-block with brilliant talent development people with whom to connect! Like you!
Something that makes my kids a little crazy is that I quite frequently point out what magical times we live in.
Think about the incredible things we can access and do today that humans couldn't do 200 years ago--100 years ago--50 years ago--20 years ago!!
It's incredible and will blow up your head a bit if you really get into it!
About 5 generations before me, some of my people walked across the continent to live in California. It took them months! Of WALK-ING!
Last month, I flew to California in about 6 hours (from NY--add the PWM leg and it was 7--maybe 7 and a half.) When I got there, the clock only read three hours later than when I left JFK.
How is that not magic?!!
Plus, while flying, I was able to listen to an audio book, watch a movie, send text messages to my family members on both sides of the continent, and catch up on the day's news using a device that fits easily in my hand and is more powerful than a room-sized computer from the year I was born.
What The Actual Heck?!
And none of that is super new--it's just normal everyday stuff for us in 2023, right? Think about how frustrating it is when any of those parts doesn't work the way we've come to expect.
Yeah, I get that.
We're so surrounded by magic--not that we shouldn't give reasonable feedback to folks supporting the systems when they fail, because Oh boy, you better believe it... but--we also have the opportunity to remember to celebrate the wonder-full, the incredible, the magic of our times, and to remember the humans, programmed like ourselves to live in groups of about 150 people with no electrical stimulation (except the occasional lightning bolt, I imagine), who rarely traveled more than 20 miles from where they were born, who are involved in making magic, even if it doesn't always work perfectly.
What magic are you experiencing?
Check out this upcoming book by Monica C. Parker, The Power of Wonder. In stores on February 23, 2023. (No, I don't know Monica, but reading the initial release made me feel good :) )
In this morning's program with Jen Hart, we talked about how we show up in times of change and how our voice and presence make a difference.
It was beautiful to hear each person's perspective on that idea, to consider where we all stand and what we all see from those spots.
More it was wonderful to see each of learning something--each person brought something, and each of us took something away from those other perspectives--how we all left with more than we came.
Each person in the conversation made a difference.
Did you ever read the book Eats Shoots and Leaves?
I loved it the moment I saw it! I'm sure it was partly my unwavering love for the Oxford Comma and my fond memories of the School House Rock video for Interjections! (Love me an exclamation point!!! or 3!!!)
Certainly it matters in writing, but it matters in time, too.
Think about meetings--or parties or weddings or funerals or your day...
I love the punctuation holidays give us in a year. Those months without a single holiday just feel vast.
I'm sure there's some deep psychological reasoning, there, but the feeling is tangible for me. Is it for you?
The fresh page of a New Year holds so much hope and fresh energy. The indentation of a new year gives that "ready-set" to the "Go!"
What does your New Year hold?
What are you looking forward to? What are you happy to shed?
If you could have anything in the world happen this year, what would it be?
How will you fill your blank page, and how will you punctuate it?
I love the concept of "Checking In."
Brené Brown's organization has started using a two-word check-in at the beginning of meetings where participants give two words to reflect how they are. I love the idea that someone can be "stressed and relaxed" or "happy and anxious" because that gives permission to be more than one thing. (I think the two word limit is a helpful time-saver, though. #WeAreComplex)
I like the idea of checking in in our groups, whether at a meeting or with friends & family or with ourselves (I often feel like a group--especially lately!). I like how it enriches the relationships, how it fleshes out the members of the group and helps them (us) all feel better seen.
Well, at least gives an opportunity to feel better seen.
In Halima K. McWilliams' program this morning, she talked about seeing people, hearing them, and believing them. (Were you there? I hope so!! It was SO good! She does such a lovely welcoming job of giving truth and creating a brave space for participants to be and to grow. Whoosh!) and she gave us a beautiful tool to check in with about privilege.
It's a helpful check-in tool, at least for me to check in with myself. I'd add a pie slice about family of origin/support system because recently it occurred to me what a blessing and privilege I've experienced having parents who think I'm the bee's knees and who gave me a lot of power to grow while invisibly protecting me from more danger than I could manage. Being able to build that kind of confidence has been a definite privilege I didn't realize (until recently) that other people don't necessarily have.
Sometimes, I wonder how folks get out of bed with the psychic weight they carry.
We've all got stuff, and AND I hope to be more tuned into others' stuff going forward.
^That is part of my Solstice Check In this year. I'll be doing a bunch of Sun Salutation A repetitions on the Solstice to meditate on "And What Else" (#AWE) I've learned or thought about in 2022 and what I hope for 2023.
What about you? Whenever you do your annual check in, what are you reflecting on or looking forward to or questioning or seeking?
Consider our chat on the LinkedIn group a Brave Space where you can add comments or reflection. Or if you're looking for a buddy to reflect with, please consider our ATD Maine population.
As we head into the shortest day and then out toward more light, I hope you find light in your world and head for it! Wishing you all the best!