Learning and development is essential for success and shouldn’t be seen as something separate to work…but knowing what, how and why you are undertaking training is crucial.
Cultural Anxiety Disorder is a thing…
If you are guilty of the following, you too may be suffering from CAD:
- A shelf crammed with books that you fully intend on reading…one day!
- A kindle full of downloads that you know are must-haves and will change your life
- An email box full of newsletters from experts that will help you succeed…you just have to find them again
- Challenges half completed that will help you grow and thrive…if only you could find the time to dedicate to them!
I know how you are feeling, I have been there:
- Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the ‘must reads’
- Scared I was going to miss out on the ‘next big thing’
- Worried that I was going to not know who I should be following
- Huge FOMO
Culture in this industry is misguiding us…
- We feel like we need to keep up
- Watching the competition, consumes us
We are losing the fun, making it feel like work, sucking the enjoyment out of the role, here are my top 5 tips for becoming more consciously competent.
- Go back to basics – complete a personal SWOT (always focus on the strengths and then be realistic with the opportunities and threats. Opportunities include undeveloped strengths and the threats are personal traits that may have a negative impact on your success.
- Identify the key development objectives to meet your bigger vision. Comparing these objectives with your SWOT will clarify your own Skills Gap Analysis.
- Be realistic with your tasks. Seeing the bigger GOAL and then work backwards to decide on the priority tasks. For example, I want to become a Master in Positive Psychology, but I need to focus on building my businesses first.
- Relax. Find the fun in being idle and lazy. It is ok to read a book that is NOT about personal or professional development; it is ok to take time out to write a story and not your expert book; it’s ok to just relax.
- Prioritise the most important. In a world that is becoming busier and busier we are always cramming our lives with more and more, choosing our priorities before we fill in the gaps is crucial. Ask yourself, do you really need to watch that box set…again 😉.
In times of increased competition and financial uncertainty, creating a Culture of Excellence™ in your organisation will be essential to help you stand out from the competition and attract the right people to collaborate with.
Learning and development is an important aspect of delivering excellence and when done properly it will help you build confidence, competence and high performing teams who will provide effective support to those people accessing services.
Compassion fatigue is a thing.
As practitioners working within the health, social and justice sectors we often love the buzz of seeing people grow and thrive through adversity. I know I do…I love to see the people I work with find that lightbulb moment of clarity, that it’s time to take control of their own lives and make changes for the better.