Change Starts With Me

I’m participating in the School for Health & Care Radicals (a bit late) and in the interest of working and learning out loud, I am using my blog to share my journey during the program.

Below are my reflections on Module 1: Change Starts with Me

What do you hope to achieve by participating in the School for Health & Care Radicals:

I am inspired by all that The Edge has done to empower individuals within (and outside) the NHS community to see that they can affect change. I hope to learn a little bit more about how they are doing this.  In addition,  I hope to learn more about myself as I try to move into the change space and connect with others who also believe that in order to affect change within yourself & within organizations you have to be willing to stand on the edge.

How can you build self-efficacy?

This is a hard one for me, because boiled down self-efficacy essentially means that you believe that you are capable of delivering the change.   I sometimes struggle with this, which is why I think in order to build it I have to continue doing what I am doing, practicing personal knowledge management (PKM), working out loud (WOL), and building my personal learning network.   In addition to these things, I have to be willing to take the risk of falling of the cliff and picking up the pieces to try again.  If I am not willing to do that, I know that I can not effect change.

How can I move beyond skills and knowledge of change to ‘live and be change’?

Again, for me, this is where WOL comes into play because it’s how I share with the world and my organization that I am willing to put it on the line and be the change.  I have to talk about it, I need to write about it, I will try to find projects that support it, within and outside my organization.

What did you learn from Module 1

What really got me thinking in Module 1 was the discussion and questions around being a rebel vs being a troublemaker in the change space.   Boiled down troublemakers “are angry about how things are and don’t have much confidence that things will get better in the future (page 7 of Module 1 Study Guide).”  Rebels on the other hand continuously seek innovative and new ways of doing things, and are optimistic about the future.

So what am I?  To be brutally honest with myself – I think I hover in between.  What moves me more into the rebel space is practicing PKM and WOL.  What keeps me stuck in the troublemaker space is when I don’t take risks and trust in myself and in my community.

What are your three words for how you will live, work and be during the year?

  • Brave: I am willing to fall off the cliff.
  • Trust: I trust that when I fall, and I will, that not only will I be able to pick up the pieces, but that my community will help me.
  • Inspire:  I inspire others with my journey and am inspired by those on both similar and divergent paths.

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  1. Thank you Kate. You have propelled me into reflection and better understanding my 3 words – Love, kindness and listening. You may be interested in reading Lolly Daskal – Love is a leadership competency we.sharethis.com or lollydaskal.com

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    1. I really like your three words – love is a really powerful one and not something I would have associated w/ leadership or with change but it is absolutely essential. Thanks for expanding my perspective.

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  2. Thanks for sharing and working out loud about this experience. I’m looking forward to reading more. I always look forward to seeing a new post of yours highlighted in Feedly. I especially appreciate your reflections: “self-efficacy essentially means that you believe that you are capable of delivering the change, ” and how PKM and your learning network help you feel confident to make the change. I like this and am finding that is also true for me. When I try to make a change in large systems – or greater than myself, whether that be a team, organizational, or social network, I need to reflect on my ability to make change, however small that is, then to discuss these ideas with others. Sometimes the challenge for me has been for me to work out loud back within the organization. This year, it’s becoming easier, a more unified team (in everyday experience and collective goals) and a place to share (Slack). Personally, I’ve been surprised that being the change has been much more challenging than I initially thought. It is so easy to default to the ‘norm’, being efficient, task focused, doing what we already know how to do, because it feels safe. I’m glad you and others are finding the need to continue the PKM journey, too.

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    1. Your welcome. I really appreciate your support as you are one of the ones who inspired me to blog and take this PKM journey in the first place. I am glad we have been able to help each other ; ) It’s interesting you say that you find WOL in your organization to be one of your challenges – I find that deeply challenging as well and is one of the things I am trying to change. I also 100% agree that being the change is a lot harder than I originally thought – especially when I am so type A. It’s a daily battle but one I know I need to take on. Thanks again for all your support.

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