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I’m Grant Symons. I convene Transition Edge to help us understand how we can transition to a low carbon sustainable world using leading thinking and practices.
This week we invite you to forget about the news, distractions, noise and demands on your energy and consciousness. It is time for us to work on ourselves!
If we want to be relevant and effective in a world in transition, we need to regularly take time to work on improving ourselves.
In fact, more broadly, there's value in each of us asking ourselves 'What personal toolbox do I need in the 2020's and what needs sharpening'?
A recent example from one of our colleagues in the THQ network (just became a marriage celebrant) had an aha moment when he discovered that a significant amount of business comes via your Instagram presence and he'd instead been largely focused on his website development. A good learning and trigger to pivot!
Here is a (tried and tested) tool that might get you thinking.
The Conscious-Competence model has been around since the 1970's and is still a great thinking tool. We can use it individually, or as a team or group, to think about how capable we are in a specific context, and what we might need to work on, to move forward.
A quick way to understand it is to think about when you learnt to ride a bike or drive a car. In the beginning everything is an effort, we make mistakes without even understanding why or how... but over time we reach a point where the riding or driving becomes second nature and is completely in the background.
Each step up requires a change in awareness, knowledge and behaviour. The result is that we are able to continue doing the skill, along with other activities without even thinking about it.