Over on www.managingwithaloha.com, I’ve decided that my theme for 2007 will be Sense of Place.
Flicker shot from Konaboy.
It’s wonderful when you feel it is culturally perfect for you, for that is how we in Hawai‘i think about it. Sense of place is deeply imbedded in our very identity; we call ourselves keiki o ka ‘āina, ‘children of the land.’
Yet the reality of it is that everyone everywhere has some sense of place.
Even these geckos…
Konaboy Flicker-shared them too :-).
At work, sense of place is often within your own mindset. I recently had a coaching conversation with a young man who came to this break-through realization for himself, that the “place” you’re at is primarily of your own design. It can be one where you have finally decided to reckon with self-imposed boundaries which have held you back. You discard your blame-game mentality and your misguided entitlement notions once and for all in favor of worthwhile, disciplined work to enlarge your circle of influence. No longer a victim, no longer a martyr. He found all of this extremely liberating, and as I write this I am very excited for him, proud of the recent decisions he’s been making in our program.
It’s quite exhilarating for him, as it can be for you, when you realize that sense of place is very much about a sense of feeling you belong.
Lot’s of talk-stories to be had about this, thus a whole year’s theme!
Just started this in December;
My Sunday Reviews make up a relatively new category here I’ve called Writing Elsewhere for those of you content with your Talking Story subscription, but wanting alerts on where else I might write. So, starting with Sense of Place, one each from the other blogs I’ve written for this week;
- On Managing with Aloha Online: Managing with Aloha and Sense of Place. At the end of this posting you will also find a list of what I consider to be the “Key Concepts” underlying the 19 values of MWA.
- On the Joyful Jubilant Learning Network: Rapid Fire Learning | January 2007 I guess The Daily 5 Minutes has subliminally gotten me thinking about things in five-packs … I am very hopeful that Rapid Fire Learning will be a new monthly feature for JJL: read through the comments there for why, then add your fiver there too!
- On Lifehack.org: Great Managers Teach (When They Should) I’m continuing with my What Great Managers Do series there, and this one is about being a trainer. “How to be a great teacher” starts with knowing when to be one.
Bonus Links! Great finds in the Ho‘ohana Community:
- Wayne Turmel interviews coaching great Marshall Goldsmith. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There unless you click over… pun intended!
- I love how Dan Ward blogs. Creative genius in action, playing.
- A Starbucker Riddle for you: 300 of what will fit in a glass already half full?
Enjoy your Sunday,