Happy New Year to you everyone!!!
I hope the New Year has started out great for you. As many of you are aware, and some may not be, I take the last two weeks of the year off (or close to the last two weeks) to do some introspection, and goal setting. I have found this time of reflection a time to gain some new perspectives on my personal, and professional life. As I sat down and looked at the goals I wanted to achieve in 2019, there were some I did not achieve. Not for lack of trying, but because other opportunities came my way I had to take advantage of. I’m grateful, and humbled for all those opportunities, and loved every moment on the journey. However, in 2020, there are a few goals I would love to achieve, and WILL achieve. One goal this year is consistent blogging. I have missed sharing and hearing back from you. I learn a lot from sharing, and I know you do as well. As I thought of blogging and what I wanted to focus on, the word “perspective” kept coming to mind. I believe it kept coming to mind because in 2019 there were many changes in the organizations in which I work, as well as, my own personal business. It was always interesting to hear others perspective on what needed to change, and why. As many of you know, I teach and train martial arts. I approach situations, many times, leveraging concepts of martial arts. Martial Arts is more mental than physical. The framework I have built explains this more.
First, you start with building your foundation to train (mental preparedness).
Second, you move into learning the techniques (the way to carry out the art).
Third, you build your skill (how well you can demonstrate the art) by applying the techniques.
Fourth, there is some sort of transformation (belt level/title change) based on the skill (i.e. belt level change or title change).
This progression put into perspective for me the “true” meaning of the art. It explains how in life it's important to have the strong foundation to be build everything else on.
As I reflected on all the change, I encountered in 2019, it was quite evident the foundation is oftentimes glazed over. A lot of the change was driven by dates, or desires, opposed to doing what makes sense. When I thought even further, it also became quite evident individuals struggle with HOW to figure out what the foundation “truly” is. The focus was mainly on meeting a request of management, or just doing what you were told, whether it made sense or not. There are many different ways to understand the foundation of your organization. There are many techniques and approaches to gain the different perspectives. Take time to understand the foundation, as that will help you to drive better solutions and transformations, that will continue to make that foundation strong.
This year I will be focusing all my blog content on the different levels of “perspectives” in an organization. For clarity, the word perspective means “A particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experience and personality” (1). I will focus on 6 main areas over the course of the year, with a goal of writing a blog every other month, on different perspectives you can leverage to understand your organization. The areas of focus will be:
Over the course of the next few weeks I will be releasing additional posts on the techniques you can leverage for the first Perspective of "Organization". There is also a special surprise at the end of February that will be announced in a future blog post so continue to follow the blogs.😊
I hope you will join me on this journey. In addition, if you have any specific topics you would like to see in the future please let me know by leaving a comment. You can leave a comment by going back to the main home screen, and click on "write comment" 👈🏾 .
Until next time, signing off!!!
The BA Martial Artist
Paula Bell, CBAP | B2T BA Certified | Forrester CX Champion Certified |
Gratitude Leader Lab Certified Trainer
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P.P.S - I'm please to announce my blog has also been featured on the iGrafx (process modeling tool) blog page as well. To find out more about iGrafx and if this is tool you organization can leverage please visit: iGrafx.
(1) - Definition from Cambridge English Dictionary