Boom! Like hitting a brick wall ...
The other things I am learning is to enjoy my work again. I actually love what I do and once I get beyond "I shouldn't be working now" (like writing this blog at 9:45pm when I have a 7:30am meeting!) and just do the things that I want to as well as the urgent stuff - I just feel more balanced. I am not advocating endless days but a shift in attitude towards my work has given me some space to just enjoy it, rather than battle against the amount of it.
I feel like I am getting back into the swing of it, so here's a few things coming up I am excited about this autumn.
Coming up in the next few months
I am having a blast pulling together an online course with Tuesday Ryan Hart on Effective Meetings. We are doing it in partnership with Newspapers Atlantic - who wanted an accessible training that would support people running their day to day meetings in more engaging and effective ways. We had a great day of filming in Nova Scotia with the crew at LighthouseNow Studios. We did each of the teaching videos in one shoot to keep a live feel - which meant we had to change outfits five times, divas for a day! These videos will be watched prior to webinars with participants - a flip the classroom kind of concept. We're also building a simple Moodle site to support the course and to potentially launch other courses, webinars and online coaching. Basically, it's loads of fun because it feels fresh to do and a new avenue to make my work available ... and the people I am working with are quite simply brilliant, including Meg Craig-Wiens for branding and Gary Blakemore as the moodle maven. I am excited that we'll be going public with it soon!
There's some good work ahead. I plan to be blogging, Tweeting and posting on my Facebook page as I move through the coming months. Here's some highlights to look out for:
- I am part of the team working with the Forestry Lab in Nova Scotia - after a Forestry Summit earlier in the year with senior leaders from across the industry we now move into 18 months of rapid prototyping and innovation. This kicks off later this month with a launch event for the core team. Project website and plenty of learning still to come!
- I continue to work with senior government teams, education leaders and private sector organisations on building engagement and distributing leadership to achieve results in a climate of increasing needs and decreasing budgets. I am enjoying developing some training modules for executive level leaders and managers as well as thinking a lot about how internal communications can act as an infrastructure within organisations to support a culture of greater participation and therefore effectiveness.
- The local work with HUB South Shore and Now Lunenburg County is inspiring and fulfilling. The HUB now has 40 organisations working out of the premises and Now Lunenburg County is moving into some focused work with leaders from across the local economy through the autumn and winter. Check out a recent blog post I did for the HUB called "Pockets of Positivity" and surf the new website and videos.
- Tuesday Ryan Hart and I are working with NAIS to build a national community of practice on working with social justice and equity in independent schools. This is one of the richest learning grounds for me as a graduate of an English private school and as someone on a life long mission to build a more equitable society where wealth and power are more fairly distributed.
- Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics has it's last event of 2015 in Ontario, October 21-23. I just love these events because of how much I learn. I am still digesting everything I learned in Europe. Some of that will come out in some of the video blogs. In December we are taking a few days for a team retreat to do a fundamental re-design based on everything we have learned so far. AoH BtB is going to look very different in 2016 methinks!
- Lastly I am totally honoured to be continuing my work around Elder Abuse in Canada with CNPEA. We had a fantastic event with stakeholders from across the country earlier in the year and are now heading into some strategic work with the board. Collaborations with Chris Corrigan and Phil Cass on this project have been excellent.
Ok, that's it for now!
If you still want more you might enjoy this short video of Meg Wheatley sharing some her latest thoughts on getting change done ... "We choose power over productivity and control over effectiveness" ...