Learning Plan for 2011

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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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