#OneSimpleThing – Who Ya Gonna Call?

#OneSimpleThing - Who Ya Gonna Call

(Admit it, you’ve got the song running through your head now, don’t you? #SorryNotSorry)

Happy Monday! Here is the second installment of the #OneSimpleThing series. In case you missed last week’s post, the purpose of this series is to spark creativity, kickstart new ideas, overcome burnout and focus on your own development. Whether you’re a trainer/facilitator, an instructional designer, HR professional, manager or in an entirely different field, I hope you find value!

This week’s focus: From whom can you learn something?

There is always a part of our role, company or industry that is a bit of a mystery. Maybe you just haven’t had much exposure to a certain part of your business. Maybe you’re curious about how another department operates, or how you can partner cross-functionally. Maybe you want to break down those dreaded silos. Maybe you’d like to get acquainted with your company’s CEO. Maybe there’s an industry leader in your area whose brain you’d love to pick.

The point?

We all know someone who knows something we’d like to learn more about. 

So, reach out! What’s stopping you? I promise, it’s not as tough as asking your 6th grade crush to the Valentine dance. Unless the person you have in mind is a total jerk, the chances are good that s/he will oblige your request to meet for coffee, lunch or just to sit down at the office to chat one day. Advice? People are busy (I’m sure you are too!), so be patient and mindful of others’ schedules. More advice? Pick up the check. Money well spent, I promise.

Through casual breakfasts, lunches, coffee runs and other meetups, I’ve become acquainted with some pretty incredible people. Some I’ve initiated, others have been requested by others. Regardless of who reached out first, I always walk away with a renewed energy for what I do. An idea that I want to implement or a topic I want to write about. I learn something. And the best part? I’m building stronger relationships with awesome people.

So your #OneSimpleThing challenge this week is to reach out to someone you know (or know from afar) who you could help you learn something. Ask that person to meet up sometime in the next few weeks.

 

Your turn: After you reach out to someone, check in by posting in the comments below. Who did you contact? What are you hoping to learn? And after you met with the person, how did it go?

 

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Thankful.

thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

A loving home and family, two beautiful and smart kids, a sister whose cancer is in remission, a precious new nephew born 3 months ago…the list goes on and on.

Professionally, there are also numerous reasons to be grateful. For Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on that:

1. I’m grateful for opportunity.

There has never been a time when opportunity has been more abundant. Seeking out opportunities to do something I believe in and am passionate about is a blessing. Whether it’s an opportunity to facilitate a workshop, write for a publication or collaborate with other professionals, I’m thankful for every chance to stretch and grow professionally.

2. I’m grateful for technology.

Our world has become a lot “smaller” than it used to be. Technology makes geography a non-issue. As long as there is wifi, we are able to connect with others, share resources and learn from one another. I remember when I was assigned my first email address, back in the early 90s.  I was at college, and received a postcard with my “electronic mail address”.  In my 19-year old wisdom, I rolled my eyes and thought, “When will I ever use this?”  I tossed the postcard and never once logged in.  Now, twenty-ish years later, I have to laugh. How things have changed!

3. I’m grateful for relationships.

Opportunity and technology are great, but the relationships that grow as a result are what matters most of all. Maybe you’re a reader of this blog. Maybe we’ve had chatted about learning over a cup of coffee. Maybe we’ve collaborated on a project. Maybe you’ve attended a workshop I’ve facilitated. No matter how we’ve become acquainted, I’m blessed to have a circle that includes such fascinating, intelligent people.

So, thank you. Many, many times over.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. I truly hope your holiday has been filled with warm memories, laughter, and an abundance of whatever makes you happy.

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