On Being Wrong

On Being Wrong:

We’ve been talking for the last week or so about learning from mistakes.

Maybe the first step is to, as Schulz says, “Step outside that tiny, terrified space of rightness and look around at each other.. and look out at the vastness and complexity and mystery of the universe and be able to say wow, i don’t know.  Maybe I’m wrong.”


ROW, ROW, ROW your… course?

10400275_14596790382_4201_nI came across Dan Pink’s TED talk on motivation last week.

The Puzzle of Motivation

I don’t work in an office where we can operate on the pure Results Only Work environment principles, because we work with the public, in a government funded contract.  Not only do we have targets to meet, we are told how to meet them.

But, I have been able to experience this environment in some of my PIDP classes.  The first time, in Curriculum Development, it was a total shock.  Here are the assignments, here are some resources to support you in completing them, they are all due at the end of the course, and GO!

I took me a couple of weeks to realize how to operate within this environment; I’m so used to having my hand held and being directed through every process in my learning and work that I was at a loss and honestly kind of annoyed.

I have to figure out how to do this??  Seriously??  And then… oh.  Of course.  Maybe I will learn something.  I’m sure you can guess how that story ends 😉

Being Vulnerable

One of my 3250 classmates shared this Tedx talk in our discussion forum a few days ago, and it’s still bouncing around in my mind.

Keep in mind I can rarely get through an entire one of these in one sitting, no matter how compelling or relevant the subject matter.  And this one I watched twice in a row.

Emily Bailin, the speaker, is so vulnerable and powerful and smart (even when she stumbles over her words!) and her message is so inspiring.  Share the power, make yourself vulnerable, share who you are and where you are from – and connect more meaningfully to each other and to who we are.

I love it, I love it, I love it.