A Book for a Business Card? Working Out Loud

Within moments of my arrival, at the Edutech Sydney – What’s In it for Training and Learning Meetup, I had received a free book (Working Out Loud).

The deal was that I had to give up my business card. The benefit was I didn’t have to as I knew the giver (Michelle Ockers) who had finished presenting to the conference.

Which was lucky for me. For,  after reading this book, I don’t have enough business cards to make the exchange worthwhile!

I began as writers do. I turned the book over and read the summary. The following phrases leapt out at me : “Investing in deeper relationships“,  “Lead with generosity…You make your work visible and then frame it as a contribution.” That was enough for me. John Stepper had described the ideal workplace!

But how does Working Out Loud achieve even progress to that ideal? What is it all about?

Working Out Loud as defined by John Stepper is “an approach to work and life. It helps you achieve your goals and feel better about work while you discover more possibilities.”

I read that and my curiousity was quickened. Then he continues….”Think of Dale Carnegie’s (How to Win Friends and Influence People) meeting the internet.  I’m laughing out loud (on the train). I have a clue what this is all about. For John Stepper has mentioned one of my favourite all time non-fiction books. Although How to Win Friends and Influence People deals specifically with getting along with people. Working Out Loud takes that further…

Stepper mentions the following steps…

  1. Purposeful Discovery.
  2. Building Relationships
  3. Leading With Generosity
  4. Making Your Work Visible
  5. A Growth Mindset.

And I want to know more.

I’m interested that Purposeful Discovery evokes adult education, specifically being a self-directed learner, and using critical reflection to discover and apply knowledge.  So far so good.

And that Building Relationships evokes Dale Carnegie. Another tick.

And that Leading With Generosity mentions Give and Take by Adam Grant. This was the book that diagnosed and helped resolve one of my major work and personal issues. I’m too generous and I burn out. But from that book I learnt how to manage  my workplace giving. But not to give up on serving others which is the best form of leadership (see Robert Greenleaf and his work on Servant Leadership). Excellent!

Working Out Loud !

And then Making Your Work Visible.  Here is the real reason that I’m holding this book. For this is the challenge for me. Up until now I thought Working Out Loud was blogging about your day. It’s not. Yet I want to share but not overbear when I do. And that’s the challenge. But there’s yet hope…

 

 

 

 

 

A Growth Mindset. Stepper talks about learning by effort. And me being me, I think of cricket. Especially how the determined players improved themselves and often bettered the more talented ones.

Better get started. It will be an interesting journey.

 

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