This has been a great week full of surprises and opportunities.
I am working with a very larger multinational corporation currently. I have been brought in to develop and run some management training programmes.
There two things in the working environment that bring me a great deal of satisfaction and these are training and coaching. Both are particularly rewarding because the amount of change that one can witness as it happens in the lives and minds of the people you are working wit; and secondly, the way you can sometimes drop a seed in the mind of the an individual, which given time can germinate, bringing about a dramatic change in their live, experience and direction.
I love helping other people to bring out what is so clearly deep within them. It is a wonderful privilege .
This week I have been putting the final touches to the materials for the first set of training materials for a workshop that I have been asked to run in a couple of weeks time. I really enjoy developing training material. I think it is because of the amount of time I can spend reading and researching topics. I do wish I had much more time to spend writing than I do, but this is still great. So this has been really great fun doing this so far.
Secondly, during the week I had the pleasure of attending a networking event for Women In Management in my local area. It was great because it was a very rear occasion where I was not the organiser. I was able to spend the time actually chatting with people as a guest and not a member of the management team.
I did have to give a brief speech in my capacity of National Chair, but that was quite a small role in comparison to my usual responsibilities.
What was even better was the opportunity to see the new team of organisers doing so well. The guest speaker was the Regional Chair of the IBC John Cox, who I’ve known for a little while and who is an excellent speaker. There were many new visitors and some regulars, and for me, it was great to spent a few hours in such warm, knowledgeable and supportive company.
My finally bit of delight this week was hearing about a piece I had contributed to just last month for the CMI following their research on the pay comparisons for female and male staff and the knowledge that even after 40 years of the equal pay act being in place in the UK there is still such a large pay gap that it will take another 57 years for women to receive the same level of pay for the same jobs as men.
I knew that the article would be placed in CMI literature, but I really had not had the time to check where else it might have been printed or taken up. I should hasten to add at this point that my contribution was only a small part of the whole article and there were other people mentioned there in also.
As a result of a comment at the WiM Networking event, where someone mentioned this article, I thought I would Google myself, to see what had been put out there on the net \bout me. I do this occasionally, as I think it is good to know what other people are saying about you. Even if you do not agree, you can either give a response and have your say or make a knowledgeable and gracious decision not to respond.
The nice surprise I guess was finding out how far and wide my name had been spread as a result of that article. Thanks to CMI and Women In Management (WiM).
In addition and I am sure, as a result of this article, along with some others I have been invited to take part in a panel discussion for the Guardian newspaper during the latter half of next week. Fabulous. I will keep you posted on how this goes and where you can find out more about it.
If you would like to read more on the article I’ve mentioned above please use this link. Your comments on the subject would be welcomed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11015445