Late with the blog today as i’ve just finished my session at the Learning Live conference in London (and needed to do some last minute preparation…). It’s a great event that’s covered some wide ranging topics: my personal favourites around storytelling, technology and happiness (a subject close to my heart). It’s also been a great chance to meet up with friends and collaborators, some of whom i only know through my online communities.
Reflection is important: both as part of formal learning, but also for us more widely in our professional practice. It’s a chance to broaden our perspective, consider how we have shifted in our beliefs and maybe to map out how we have changed. Events like this give us the chance to do so, both individually and with trusted groups.
Some of the information here has been new to me, some i knew already. Some things i believed and accepted, whilst others i will dispute. People will apply the same challenges and offers of support to the curated thoughts i bought to the event. That’s what gives them such value. I guess inherent in this is the fact that these sessions are semi formal or entirely informal, chances to escape our everyday teams and organisations and embrace that broader perspective.
I shared my own thoughts around the move to more values based businesses in the Social Age and how social learning and leadership approaches can support this. Again, some of the questions made me pause for thought, others were in areas where i felt confident, but both types of questions have helped me to strengthen my own thinking and story.
Carving out time for reflection is good: doing it with our communities is better. Where is your space to learn?