Well it has been a great summer and good trip over to Europe. I have already done a couple of video blogs but have been holding back until I could find time to write a short primer to get back into the blogging. So here we go ...
Boom! Like hitting a brick wall ...
Ha! So coming back into work again after the summer break hasn't been a bed of roses. All the work itself is really inspiring ... it is just the amount and the shift in gears. I had to wind myself up again. I am finding the more my work load increases the more I have to attend to my own well being - eating well, sleeping (not always possible with a 2 year old), exercising and blocking out time to just crack on with emails and to do lists. My days can easily be filled with endless meetings and conference calls if I don't make time to actually get some work done.
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
Online course on effective meetings
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!
Some good work brewing
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:
Ok, that's it for now!
Video blogs, reflections and updates are coming ... stay in touch via the blog, Twitter and Facebook.
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" ...
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