Like last year, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year that was. It’s a good way to balance the exhaustion that starts to overwhelm at this point of the year. Particularly a year that does not appear to be tapering off! You know, take a step back and look at the patterns, highlights and lessons.
A massive year of client work.
In balancing contract, consulting and coaching work I was exposed to a remarkable variety of change challenges and communications paradoxes! What was consistent across all of the clients was a desire to communicate authentically, and a strong commitment to humanity in a world dominated by metrics and ROI. It was quite humbling at times. I’ve probably seen examples of the best leadership during change this year than any other. This has me very optimistic. It meant that much of my work addressed change resilience and change capability this year.
Less blogging, less nuggets and tweeting?
In response to the volume of work it feels like the frequency of posts, nuggets and tweeting declined. This makes me sad in reflection – as it is a major creative outlet for me. It may be why I am feeling exhausted now – the writing is energising for me. But having just checked – I blogged the same amount (19), and there were fewer change nuggets (12). And I know I tweeted less. But five years of blogging, nuggetting and tweeting have a long tail – Industry acknowledgement came with inclusion in Emma Murphy’s Top Twenty Change Visionaries You Need to Know and Beth Banks Cohn’s Change Management Thinkers: 10 Blogs you need to be reading. Gail Severini of the The Change Whisperer invited me to collaborate with her on a series of posts on The Evolution of Change Management and it was a fabulous experience. The subscribers to the change nuggets doubled in the year. So less creative joy, but certainly a lot of pride from that side of the year.
Some amazing experiences!
I think I may have mentioned “career highlight” a few times this year. Seeing Brene Brown speak in Melbourne, participating in a conversations circle with Meg Wheatley, and having the opportunity run a gamification change readiness intervention all featured. I had a really great speaking opportunity with the APS College of Organisational Psychologists and I really enjoyed the conversations that came out of that, as I did speaking for the IABC Canberra chapter.
The power of the collective.
Professional communities continued to be a big part of the year. Much work went into developing a strategy for the Organisational Change Practitioners and being a community manager and there is a big sense of satisfaction with how that has shaped up and being able to work with Luc, Bill and Gail. Our “virtual meetups” mean that we inevitable meet at 6.am Australia time. Lucky I’m a morning gal! Locally, I was delighted that a few people have come forward to help with the Change Management Professionals. It’s become more hard work than I would like, its been five years and it may be that it takes a different shape or form next year as I step away a bit. I feel pretty comfortable with that. TedxCanberra continued to be a dose of inspiration for me and an awesome genesis of conversations of change.
What needs to change?
I was hard to reach this year one-on-one. Lousy at returning calls and texts and emails. In some ways this proved a good thing. It kind of created a boundary and protected me from those who were not interested or invested in a reciprocal relationship. But I know that I felt very disengaged from my network this year and I need to do some thinking about why that is – and whether that means I spent my time with those who truly mattered, or whether I burnt opportunities with that disengagement.
Rebirth and renewal.
Finally, as you should be seeing from this post there’s been a refresh of the website and the blog. I love it. I hope you like it too. A big thanks to the team at Alyte Creative. There’s a bun in the oven too…the second Transformation Treasure Trove will be out in 2014. Stay tuned ; -)
So in summary, I’m a bit knackered but pretty happy with how the year went. It was big. There is some stuff to do some deeper reflection on over the New Year break and I’m looking forward to that. If you are reading this, you were probably part of the highlights of the year – so thank you too. And if you’ve had a chance to reflect on your year, leave your highlights in the comments.
Peace and blessings
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