A Lesson in Reflexivity

Well here we are! A functioning web site for my business ☺

It’s been a bit of hard work (thanks to Steve for keeping me focussed on what was needed) and I can be honest enough to say I have found it a challenge to prioritise the time to make it happen. But sitting here, reflecting, knowing that soon you may be reading this, I am feeling really positive about investing the time and energy to get to here. I feel that developing my approach to how I want to tell the story of my business (and me) has given me the opportunity to experience a very real lesson in reflexivity.

I am working with some fabulous multidisciplinary leaders of the NHS through the Mary Seacole Programme. One of the concepts that Chris Lake, Head of Professional Development at the NHS Leadership Academy offers in the early stages of the programme is that of reflexivity – what is it like to be on the receiving end of you? How aware are you of the impact you are having in the different situations you work in? And what impact are these situations having on you?

In telling my story across this site I have had to take that reflexive approach – and really try to articulate what I understand it’s like to be on the receiving end of me (as a coach, consultant and facilitator). I am really grateful for the feedback from clients and coaches, and it reminds me of the need to continue to seek self-awareness and understanding of being on the receiving end of me.

I was fortunate enough to get the agreement of clients to developing some case studies as a vehicle for describing impact. In thinking about how best to undertake this, I was struck by the opportunity this afforded me to think again about what excites/energises/frustrates me about working with different clients/different situations.

Who knew engaging with this would present such a rich occasion for learning and reflection. If I’d known, I might have done it sooner!

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