Like what I said in the 5 years anniversary, I would not imagine that this blog would last for 10 years when I started it in 2007.
I reflected on my professional development journey for the first 5 years of blogging.Â See â€˜A New Lookâ€™. Â Along with ‘A New New Look‘, Â it is now a good time to do the same for the 2nd 5 years through my blog posts.
I have continued my interests.Â Â On technical aspects, my reflection on questioning continued.Â For example, I reflected on various powerful questions I came across (see â€˜A question to draw questionsâ€™ in Sep 2013Â and â€˜Useful Questionsâ€™ in Feb 2014) Â Â But the reflection on questioning extended into more the executive coaching context (see â€˜What story would you like to tell?â€™ In Dec 2015Â and â€˜A question on questionâ€™ in Sep 2015)
Another development is in the facilitation domain.Â Â I reflected on particular technique e.g. â€˜Sit on your hands and shut upâ€™ in Oct 2014, physical set-up in â€˜Physical Conditioningâ€™ in Jun 2013, and even learning from a french teacher in â€˜A facilitating French teacherâ€™ recently in Mar 2017.Â Â A particular aim of facilitation emerged as my new interest â€“ a very pure form of facilitation for the purpose of collective wisdom (some called Hosting).Â See the few posts on â€˜Intended Messinessâ€™ in Sep 2016.
Learning / Learning Design is a key theme all along in this blog (see â€˜More about learningâ€¦ from the french classâ€™ in Feb 2017Â and â€˜Rethinking Experiential Learningâ€™ in Oct 2016)Â Â But I find myself taking on more the organisational angle in the last few years instead of focusing on particular interventions (see â€˜When a program has a life of its ownâ€™ in Oct 2013Â and â€˜Be careful about L3 and L4â€™ in Feb 2014)Â Â Â In particular, this angle reinforced my inclination towards the ARL approachÂ (see â€˜Learning Sustainabilityâ€™ in Apr 2012Â and â€˜Action Learning in Actionâ€™ in Jan 2014)
Another new development across my interest inÂ coaching / facilitation / learning – I notice myself shifting gradually more from the technical i.e. â€˜skill-setâ€™ towards the â€˜mind-setâ€™ perspective.Â Â For example, in â€˜Rethinking Facilitationâ€™ in Dec 2013Â and â€˜Never Perfectâ€™ in Apr 2013, I examined the assumptions I was having when I facilitated.Â Â Looking back, such interest actually started earlier, like in the post â€˜Be prepared, and prepared not to use what you prepareâ€™ in Oct 2011.Â Â This was probably triggered by a few Leadership Development programs I started to facilitate in 2000 (see â€˜Adaptive Leadershipâ€™ in Dec 2013) and some external learning experience (see â€˜Immunity to Changeâ€™ in Sep 2013)
Along this path, I find myself losing interest in talking about highly technical domain like presentation skills, and definitely topics like using visual aid.
Another new area of interest in the last 5 years is â€˜Leadershipâ€™.Â Â â€˜Leadershipâ€™ is a big concept like â€˜Loveâ€™ i.e. can mean completely different things for different individuals.Â Â To me, I am interested at a particular interpretation of â€˜Leadershipâ€™ (see ‘Reallyâ€¦Â what is leadership?‘ In Feb 2014) and â€˜Leadership Developmentâ€™ (see â€˜Leadership Developmentâ€™ in May 2014)Â Â Â Like facilitation, this angle of â€˜Leadershipâ€™ is more about mind-set rather than skill-set.Â Â It can be illustrated by â€˜Leadershipâ€™ on a gravestoneâ€™ in Mar 2014Â and â€˜The Paradox of Confidence and Vulnerabilityâ€™ in Feb 2013.
I notice another interesting trail when I review my blog â€“ scepticism on some training and facilitation work, including my own previous work.Â Â I have highlighted in the 5 years anniversary my critics on training (see â€˜Forget about Trainingâ€™ in Jun 2011).Â But it continued to other area like some kinds of meeting facilitation (see â€˜Facilitation Work as a Cover-Upâ€™ in Nov 2016)
What would be some emerging new path of interest going forward?Â Â I mentioned above my shift from the technical to the adaptive perspective.Â It started to extend into some deeper works as I moved to Switzerland.Â Â The journey was highlighted by the Tavistock GRC (see â€˜Tavistock Experienceâ€™ in Jan 2015, my own psycho-analysis (see â€˜Drawing out thoughts and emotionsâ€™ in Jul 2016) and work in psychodynamics approach (see â€˜Unconscious Collusion with Learnersâ€™ in Nov 2016.Â Â This post did not exactly describe the work but gave some sense of what it is like)Â Â Â Â Pondering on the crossroad between depth psychology and performance at work is definitely one of my on-going interest (see â€˜Individuation, Abstract Art and Corporate Learningâ€™)
Having the above journey in front of me, I cannot help ponder on a question â€“ To what extent does the blog name â€˜Ask, Not Tellâ€™ capture my growing areas of interest?Â Â Or it no longer does?Â Â Â Probably another blog post to reflect onâ€¦..