As you look back on 2019, what did you learn?
Many of us are currently closing out the year at our offices and getting ready for some good relaxation downtime together with family and friends. Many of us will wish for snow and have a cup of cheer. Which is why we are going to be dedicating this edition to your own personal “holly jolly development” and add a bit of Santa-ty to your day.
What is meant by that?
It means taking the time out to think about yourself and how you have developed throughout the year. How? By taking a trip to the Holly Jolly Development Poles - but don’t worry, you will not need a scarf and you can take your mug of hot chocolate along with you.
Ready? Okay, jump in the sleigh!
Pole 1: What was something in your life that seemed crucial one day, yet nowadays feels completely insignificant or not even important any more?
What changed since then?
You gained in competence. One of my favourite recipes of competence says that in order to gain competence one needs variety : diversity : intensity : adversity WITH an ability and willingness to learn from experience, feedback, exposure, insights, mistakes and wins.
Pole 2: What is unique about you that leads to your most inspired times and best performance? Reflect on a particular time — perhaps it was on a job, perhaps at home, perhaps in a project — when you were acting the way you were ‘born to act.’ How did it feel and what were you doing when you were being your best self?
Does everybody have a best self? Yes. It’s the story we tell about ourselves, and it affects how we act and how others respond to us… It is not objective — you can’t see it or touch it. But it is very real in the sense that the story affects how we act and how others respond to us. If we change the story we tell about ourselves, we change our behaviors. As organizational psychology professor Laura Roberts
and colleagues at the University of Michigan have defined
it, a best self is “the cognitive representation of the qualities and characteristics the individual displays when at his or her best.” Our best selves are not projections of what we could become someday — they’re based on our real-life experiences and actions. And the more our colleagues know who we are when we’re at our best, the more likely we can feel like ourselves at work.
Pole 3: Make Up Your Own Title based on the impact you have when you are at Your Best.
Mine is Chief Talent Navigator. I help individuals, organisations, and colleagues navigate through people development based on their North Stars to best reach their destination harbours. Once I got my own clarity as to the impact I wish to have, it really helped me focus on the difference I want to make in regards to people being more fulfilled at work. What is yours?
Pole 4: What do you want to learn?
I always say we need to step away from the question of “what should I do” and instead ask the question “what do I want to do”? Any meaningful change has to start with desire. Otherwise it is a burden that can easily be put off. It is my opinion, that continuing your learning journey with a picture of your North Star’s desire in mind helps clarify what points on the map are integral to your own personal journey.
Pole 5: Your commitment to yourself. How will you channel you at your best, and with your unique personal talents to make the difference you wish to see in your life. To keep it simple: What will you start, stop, continue doing?
Wow, I believe I can see you rocking around those Poles!