I will get to my back story at some point (short story: newish student affairs pro), but really right now my main goal is to do some homework.
That's right, 30 years old and still doing homework. Learning never truly ends, does it?
I am so lucky and fortunate to be in a wonderful leadership training program at my job - 10 months of intensive self-reflection, coaching, mentoring, and teamwork with colleagues like me who were handpicked because of our potential for greatness. Just another day at the office!
Part of this process is to develop a set of personal development goals and create "Action Plan" for achieving them. I get 8 hours of phone time with my lovely coach to review those goals and figure out how to make them a reality.
Easier said than done.
It's very emotional for me. I'm the type of person that is not one to seek out leadership opportunities in the sense that I want to be "in charge." It's more like it just happens to me because I can't say no to an opportunity. I love to help out others. That being said I am so much better at helping others achieve their goals and become better leaders than giving that same attention and concern to my own development.
So what are my goals?
Right now for the purposes of this blog I am going to post weekly about my adventures in confidence building!
How did I feel? I guess I was ambivalent. (See?) Unless I am passionate or knowledgeable about a topic it's hard for me to care enough or get excited enough to speak up.
I can overcome it though. When I don't know something, it's okay to ask a question for clarification. Instead of taking notes, I can get up and write notes on an easel pad or whiteboard so everyone can see and in essence I can guide the conversation.
I have to find other ways to jump in and guide the conversation, and lead even in instances where I am not 100% knowledgeable or passionate about the topics so I don't blend into the background or turn into the secretary.
Nice to meet you!
I am a tech pro, blogger, DIY'er, reader, TV binger, music lover, nerd and semi-crunchy mom. I write about professional development, being crafty, motherhood and politics. Thanks for joining me and letting me share my thoughts with you!