I have been thinking about my “one word” response in anticipation of the annual blogging challenge led by Julie Balen. I have always enjoyed the contemplation and challenge of zeroing in on one element of focus for a year. (continued below graphic)
My personal landscape has changed as I transitioned from a school board employee (CIO at WRDSB) to retiree (Oct. 31) to exploring independent work. As I experience this transition, consider options and contemplate what a new, more flexible way of remaining active in the learning and ed-tech spaces, as well as looking at experiencing new things, many things jump out: remaining active, rebalance, recognizing that my desire to continue in these spaces is alive and well, flex time, more music, new ways to be involved in community (local and online), new experiences, what stays, what goes …. the mulling continues and I am sure it will continue for a while.
What I do know is that without understanding what exactly my future looks like, or how time is rebalanced, I want my time to matter, I want to make a difference. I have landed on selecting “impactful” as my 2017 one word. My personal journey will be to explore ways to be impactful within a new flexible and rebalanced context.
I love the idea of setting a focus for a period of time to guide your thinking, actions and reflections – Considering One Word. This past year I choose “model” as my word. I really believe in modelling what you seek, so this seemed like a great choice.
I have been pondering my choice for this year as I wanted build on my 2015 choice. I finally settled on “ignite” for my 2016 word. This year my goal is to make more connections, start more conversations, be intentional about empowering people with a goal of creating greater synergy for change.
As 2015 year winds down and we can see 2016 just on the horizon, the time of year is often a time of reflection. Perhaps you will have a particular focus in 2016. Can you characterize your focus with a single word?
My 2015 word was "jump," & I think I lived up to it. Have to give serious consideration to what 2016 word will be… https://t.co/1jzJZ7fgzX
I must admit I was intrigued by this tweet when I saw it, and I have been mulling over the notion of picking ‘a word’ to focus my 2015 efforts.
In considering this, I recognized that actually getting possible choices down to just one word would indeed be a challenge. I began to think about short phases, pairs of words with dashes or underscores linking them to one. Well, you-get- the_ picture.
Knowing this was the open mic discussion topic for OSSEMOOC tonight, I had settled on “model” as my word. I think it is important to model what you seek. Some key elements on my list include:
connected leading & learning
seeking understanding and
problem solving to name a few.
This morning at our system leaders meeting we watched this TED Talk by Onora O’Neill
to kick off a discussion about deepening our understanding of trust. This topic seemed to solidify my choice to model. Add trust to the list.
I have settled on and shared my word: “model”. What is your word? Please share!