Change… its moving time!

As I read the first entry on this well-written blog, I felt proud and touched. Sneha writes so well – (of course I’m biased!) of change. She is filled with the optimism and clear-eyed resolution that marked the beginning of most of my Summers in college… except, in this case, I know that there will be positive follow through, and I watch with interest.

http://smilingsymbiont.blogspot.com

Today, movers will carry away what we ruthlessly pared down from nearly twenty years of accumulated stuff. I’ve enjoyed this downsizing as much as I’d enjoyed training for the Marathon. There are many metaphors hidden here, many feelings, many lessons that I’m processing.

In all this, I’m filled with gratitude – for the love of this affirming, nurturing family, the many many friends we’ve grown to love, the sheer magnitude of change that this great community fostered in us, for what we’ve experienced first hand as the land of opportunity, for the many colleagues who taught me, for all my students, for Louie and Ollie…. I’m content. I’m also ready for the changes ahead.

I’m moderating a webinar on gamification this Thursday

This should be fun… moderating this webinar with Rajat Paharia and Phaedra Boinodiris, experts in gamification. More details and registration information at: http://bit.ly/1bvftRG

Resolutions

Read an article in The New Yorker about interesting findings on how and why we make  and break resolutions.

While the various studies were interesting, what also stuck with me was the sense of optimism that we have.  Quote:

In a series of studies, forthcoming from the journal Management Science, Milkman, Riis, and Dai found that fresh starts do push us to change our behavior. The beginning of a week, a month, or a year forms what the psychologist Richard Thaler calls a “notational boundary.” With that, researchers suspect, comes a sense of optimism, the promise of “a new me,” as Milkman put it.

This sense of a new me is a powerful driver of our behavior.  This also formed the basis of  several fascinating conversations today with S, R, A, L among others… as we cheered for participants of the New Year’s Double Marathon this morning, watched Stanford play Michigan State at the Rose Bowl in the afternoon and a deep, emotional conversation this evening.

No new year resolutions this time around.  I’ll just be consistent in the behavioral changes already firmed up in 2013.  I’ll continue to experience the fun in daily exercise and daily expression of my creativity.  Yes, I have learning goals – more on those as we go along – but no “resolutions” as such.

 

 

 

Finished a Marathon in 2013

Several things to be thankful for in 2013. Lots of family time and accomplishments, many milestones. One such is the marathon that I completed in 2013. It was fun.

 

Marathon Tweet 2013-12-14

 

 

 

 

Here’s to a wonderful 2014.

A personal best this past week

For some time now, the 14-minute mile was the best I could do.  In fact, at the Dallas Running Club’s Independence Day 10K, I finished the race at a 16-minute / mile pace.  So, imagine my surprise when I completed a mile this past week at 12:25.

What’s different? Well, for one thing, I signed up with Get You In Shape’s boot camp as well as their Cardio Club.  End of week two and I can report that I’m getting value.  The metrics may be good (I may lose weight, gain inches at the right places and lose them elsewhere)… but the big thing I noticed thus far is that it makes my exercise consistent.  For the past 19 months, I’ve been good with getting out in all weather conditions, but this is different.  The class starts with me or without :)   Also, its been mostly a lonely run thus far, this group thing actually is working for me.

With the energy boost that this regular stretching I think, yesterday I was able to jog for 45 minutes at the Dallas Arboretum.  Thousands of pumpkins were displayed everywhere… that and the 52F temperatures – yes, Fall’s here.

pumpkins decorate the cottages at the Dallas Arboretum

Pumpkin cottage

 

Playing with WordPress Themes

Decided I’d get past newbie level with the latest WordPress software. I’m playing now with themes and will create some categories and tags. Over the next few weeks, I will add a few static pages to hold other interests.

Learning Plan for 2011

Feet in snow at the start of a hike in the Colorado

Learning Plan for 2011

[Based on ideas and format from the wonderful sharer, Sacha Chua]
The Guiding Principles for 2011 are: Consistency (in action) and Clarity (in thought and communication)

Here are my priorities for 2011:

  1. Share as much as I can at work and in life. I see farther since I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I am sharing as much as possible so that other people can build on that foundation. At work, this means creating enablement material, blogging, organizing the shared content, and helping communities and individuals. Volunteering. At and Outside of work this means being willing to make a mistake (or a hundred) in plain sight of others – and to cherish the learning that comes from  these mistakes.  I used to think sharing meant being generous, now I see that sharing is really opening up.  Sharing is the only way to learn and grow: its that basic!
  2. Learn more about drawing and communicating visually. I am getting even better at thinking things through and communicating what I’m learning. The better I get at communicating, the more I can help people learn and be more effective in all that I do.  Communicating completes the circle, since I learn a lot as I listen to the needs of my audience and see the world from their perspective.
  3. Live with awareness and gratitude. I’m grateful for this wonderful life, I am experiencing joy and awe in everyday events. I see things more clearly, choose wisely and am then consistent in the actions that I choose.

What do I want to learn to support that, and how can I go about learning?

1) Share as much as I can at work and in life.

I am sharing patterns for managing stakeholder expectations, a risk-based approach to project and program management, nurturing symbiotic long-term relationships, social software use, organizational knowledge (connecting the dots), skills I’ve picked up, and ideas and insights I’ve collected along the way. I can learn through:

  • Practice: Adding content to blogs, wikis, communities, and other repositories will move me towards this goal and help me develop the skills I need to do it even more effectively.  I will eschew email this year and use other collaboration tools to a large extent.
  • Community, mentors: People’s comments and questions teach me what to share and what’s missing.  I will seek mentors in Strategic Alliance Management and in applying Theory of Constraints to relevant challenges.
  • Inspiration: I can get ideas from old-fashioned books, e-books, presentations, wikis, blogs and other resources.

I will know I met this learning goal when I look back to see that I have made plenty of mistakes – publicly – this year and can articulate what I have learned from them.

2) Learn more about drawing and communicating visually.I am communicating better. Visual skills complement written skills and can be quite engaging. I can learn through:

  • Practice: I can use drawing and other visual communication tools to share what I’m learning.
  • Peers, colleagues, community, mentors: People’s feedback will help me learn how to communicate more effectively.
  • Reading: There are plenty of books and media available.  There may be classes at the local community college.
  • Inspiration: I can get ideas from presentations, images, and videocasts.
  • Coaches: Ra can teach me to draw.  I can work with editors and illustrators to get feedback and improve the output.
I will know I met this learning goal when people “get” what I say as I explain something complex and the dialog evolves to us working together to build the idea further.

 

3) Live with awareness and gratitude.

I can explore this further through:

  • Practice: Every day provides me opportunities to take a deep breath and wonder.  This is especially important when I feel carried along by the flow of things – in meetings, delivering on commitments and in the daily rush to get to an empty in-box.
  • Reflection: What am I doing?  Why? What is happening?  Why?
  • Listening and Reading: Lots of books and blog posts about life.  Of course, we have our daily audio sessions :)
  • Community, mentors: Learn from La.  Learning from people’s comments, questions, and advice really helps
  • Inspiration: Yes, always being ready for inspiration to strike can help me with this practice.
I will know when I met this learning goal.

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