The reason for reflection

I’m on holiday this week, trying to avoid all but essential work, but also trying to finish the third article exploring Social Leadership (which doesn’t count as work!). I also took a look at the Blog stats and realised how many people we have in this community now and, out of nowhere, i got stage fright. Normally i tell people that i write the blog for myself: sometimes i try to develop ideas that i use professionally, whilst at other times it’s just a reflection on something that’s excited or inspired me, just always circling around the subject of learning to one degree or another. My only ‘secret‘ for success is never to plan it, just to mirror my own thinking and reflection.

Which is why, this morning, when i was worrying about what to write on Social Leadership and whether i could do it justice, i realised that i’d forgotten the reason for the blog: to reflect. It’s the space to iterate ideas, to share them with a community, to work out loud on refining them, but not to be too precious about it all. It’s a reflective space, not a publication.

This week i’ve been inspired by many things: seeing how a team came together to create a festival, with emergent structures of authority and feedback. I may write something on that next week! I’ve been learning to use my new GoPro camera and engaging in new community spaces for performance support around this, seeing how people take different roles and produce resources to support this fully social learning. That’s interesting too.

KayakingSo i abandoned the article half complete and wrote this instead, after which i’m heading out on my kayak in the sunshine.

Reflection is where we develop ideas, where we relate new learning to old, where we refine our notions of what’s true and what’s worth fighting for. It’s a work in progress. Do you take enough time to reflect?

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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13 Responses to The reason for reflection

  1. James says:

    Not sure anyone takes enough time out to ‘reflect’, whether this is about work or life in general and not sure organisations actively encourage it. Most active people are likely to agree with this, I find the best time for reflection is when exercising either on my bike, out running or putting the laps in at the pool. The kayaking looks good fun!

  2. tanyalau says:

    Hi Julian, have always loved your attitude to blogging – using it as a tool for reflection, and publishing thoughts-in-progress – really inspiring! It’s also a lot harder than it looks, especially when we’re conditioned to publish ‘perfect’ work throughout school and work. Agree with James – whilst valuable, it’s not actively encouraged by the orgs most people work in. Always enjoy your posts and your conversational tone. Keep it up!

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