learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
After last weeks quick and dirty post on Teamwork I started realizing that with all the staffing changes happening and planned, the dynamics of the team were shifting, and I hadn’t been paying the team the attention I need to.
And as is so often the way with these things, timing was on my side and the very next day an email popped into my inbox for a Leading Change workshop.
It’s not so much the content of the training that I was keen for so much as the opportunity to reflect and refocus.
It worked a treat – as with almost all training dealing with leadership and management, it succeeds or fails based on the competence of the facilitator – and I was happy with our Workshop Leader and the way she brought in questions and discussions at the same time as continuing to keep things moving forward.
Rachel from the VI Blog tweeted the other day about being in a training session where one participant Just Wouldn’t Shut Up. I do hope I’m not that bad, but my general shyness disappears in training environments and I just want to ask ask ask and share share share. (I’m fascinating to listen to, don’t you know?). I held myself back s bit, so hopefully I wasn’t too much of a time hog, but much in the way of writing this blog, speaking things out loud at a workshop helps me to solidify what I am thinking and see things so much more clearly.
So what did I take away from the session? A few little tidbits that I resonated with me:
But mostly the training session has got me reflecting on how I am engaging and directing the team – keeping them informed about the changes, and more than that, giving them a better understanding of some of the constraints around staffing and budgets, so that they can appreciate a bit better why some decisions are made. As someone with a fair bit of experience around corporate budgets, and staff planning, it us easy to forget that most members of the team don’t think about this beyond: can we have more staff and can we buy a new whiteboard!