By Linda Fisher Thornton
In my 150th Blog Post, I wrote about starting a blog and being new to the process of Learning Out Loud. To celebrate my 200th post, I want to reflect on what it’s been like to learn new things faster than I ever thought possible. It seems especially clear to me now that we all have capabilities we’re not using in our day to day lives. But imagine what could happen if we believed we could make a difference, lurched toward that goal unsteadily, and then just held on for the ride.
The dream for Leading in Context LLC started small, with a passion for responsible leadership, an intense curiosity and a question – “What does it mean to lead ethically in a complex world?”
Taking on that question brought this response on Twitter – “Good luck with that. Let us know when you get there!” Knowing that the question was too big to answer and that people didn’t think I could do it just made me work harder. In the process, I tapped into potential I never knew I had.
As you read about my journey, reflect on what you’re curious about, and how seeking the answer might be transformational.
What has stretched me in the past year?
- Winning a thought leader award connected me with a wonderful new global group of people, many of whom were already well-established in their areas of expertise. I had to step up.
- Leading an Innovations in Teaching project for the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies had me looking at Innovation in an educational setting. I had to step up.
- Working with a thought leader strategy coach put a viable long-term business based on my question within reach. I had to step up.
What phrases are no longer in my vocabulary?
- “What I have is working”
- “I don’t think I can do that,” and
- “There isn’t enough time.”
What challenges will the next year bring?
- Implementing the new business strategy built earlier this year
- Launching a new and improved website, and
- Launching a practical book about how to lead ethically in a complex world
What mindset will I bring to my work?
- Each time I reach the top of a mountain, I will be able to see the next one more clearly
- The resources and support I need for success will be there when I need them, and
- This is the most challenging work I’ve ever done, and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had.
What are you curious about?
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