Week 10, A. 10.1 Blogs with SWOT

My SWOT

Strengths
What do I do well? What unique resources can I draw on? What do others see as your strengths?

  • Good at observing and noticing details/ aware
  • Good team player
  • Creative in my approach and communication: Conjure up direct in moment inspiration and improvisation 
  • Determined and Tunnel-Focused in my creative zone
  • Resourceful: thinking on my feet
  • Dreamer + Big Vision holder
  • Compassionate
  • Relatable in different cultural scenes and tribes
  • Passionate, holding "fire" energy
  • Thoughtful, Considerate and Respectful
  • Deep diving into all possibilities (considering the whole of what is)
  • Committed and Reliable
  • Grounded and Honest
  • Approachable and Friendly
  • Caring: I've been told I can "mother" in a respectful and caring way
  • Diverse + multi-faceted: in perspective and backgrounds "jack of all trades" 
  • Patient
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Cultural background + environment has set me up for understanding diverse perspectives, beliefs, practices and ways of living life.
  • Curiosity

Weaknesses
What could I improve? Where do I have fewer resources than others? What are others likely to see as weaknesses?

  • Time management (get too lost in the zone of projects/ideas/inspirations)
  • Can be easily distracted by the environment around me
  • Tendency of having too much to chew on: too many commitments and projects that can draw out my energies in all different directions
  • Too concerned with other people's moods, feelings, state of mind 
  • "Only child syndrom": When stressed or maxed out on time, I can resort to the world being centered around my missions/tasks and forget about others around me
  • Though outgoing, tend to work in isolation (lone wolf style). It helps to sooth my introverted side and gives me less distractions
  • I can get easily out of balance if not strict with myself and my routines
  • procrastinator
  • learning to better receive constructive criticism and "naysayers"
  • Self critical
  • The Dreamer can lead to too much thinking and less action

Opportunities
What opportunities are open to me? What trends could I take advantage of? How can I turn my strengths into opportunities?

  • The freedom to create my life the way I want to
  • Acting on Dreams: Turning dreams into goals with outcomes
  • Creating community - finding others that are like-minded and creatives (looking for tribe and breaking out of lone wolf tendencies) by volunteering and engaging in the community, also jumping on the coworking train - making a working space for such collaborations to come together
  • Opportunity to prioritize my commitments and make realistic choices with the time I have
  • Start making the work that I want to see in my community

Threats
What threats could harm me? What is my competition doing? What threats does my weaknesses expose me to? 

  • Not taking timely action, and jumping on opportunities. Others could be quicker
  •  Spreading myself too think in too many areas that does not give me headway in a direction
  • Point two, leading to Exhaustion, burning out
  • Isolation: others could be more public and involved than I look to be
  • People seeing my kindness and compassion as ways to take advantage of me
  • Working in communications in a society that is overrun with blasted content, how to get my message out to the right people I'm seeking

Week 10, A. 10.1 Blogs

The three blogs that I am currently following are HOLOS (written by Neil Croft) , John Thackara, and DO - The Encouragement Network.

Neil Croft's blog looks at pertinent information on leadership and our world today, promoting his business HOLOS that holds a team of specialists and culture coaches who have been training other diverse leaders on change leadership. Category topics within leadership include authenticity, innovation, personal development, and society.

John Thackara is a seasoned writer, curator and editor who has traveled the world in search of interesting stories on sustainability and design, realized in diverse communities working towards future wellbeing. The blog is quite diverse with topics including locality & place, learning & institutions and design areas within food systems, mobility, social innovation, transition, art and development. 

The DO Blog has a load of information from the latest news to workshops, lectures and podcasts - basically all the resources you need to get inspired and creating. Do - The Encouragement Network has a simple idea: people who are "doers" can inspire the rest of us from their story, leading to a chain effect of us "doing" things that inspire others. 

 

Looking at the blogs this week, I went with Neil Croft's "What is the truth?" post in relation to our topics for this week of knowing ourselves. In this post, Croft looks at Honesty as a Skill, the extreme value and power of communicating the truth. He mentions that being honest is an exercise of constant self analysis, and that honesty needs to start with ourselves first. He mentions the challenges that are present for some to objectively see their strengths and weaknesses and being honest about them. It is true that there is a challenge in presenting truth, as truth is subjective and has many versions matched to different perspectives, so knowing where you are coming from and what is true for you is an important start. Croft, referring to especially business perspectives, says that lying has become a skill for persuasion, a short term strategy to achieve aims and move past things. Honesty is also a discipline. This was interesting to come across as I made my SWOT list, and worked on being honest with myself about my behaviors. With time, I noticed that I casually say that I'll be there in 5, when I know I will take at least 10-15 minutes longer. These are realizations that can help me be aware of autopilot behavior, and also to take responsibility for the way I communicate. Being honest of our mistakes "leaving late" will pose less consequences in the end. Loosing trust is one of the worst things one can do for yourself and your reputation. This I take seriously, so it is good to be aware and keep my actions in check.

In Thackara's blog post overviewing reviews from his "In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World", a reader points out Thackara's 10 principles he believes in, one of them being Locality. Thackara points out that local context, local production and authenticity doing it are desirable attributes that people will buy and the service the will choose to use. He mentions how authenticity in products will make marketing easier when it is authentic and tied to identity and sense of place. I found this feedback really interesting, as it ties to our work this week with putting the mirror on us and getting to know ourselves better, as well as the work conducted in my other course where we are creating an in depth business plan that looks a lot at our values, mission, purpose as a company, outlying also living principles that will keep our companies authentic in our values towards sustainability and our causes. 

In the post from The Do Network, I reviewed a repost from The Side Project Report, A Do Report from the Do Network. The title of the post was "Which Wolf Will Win?". I found this story of the battle between the wolf of good thoughts and the wolf of bad thoughts to be a nice metaphor and story written that describes the conflict each one of us has within ourselves, regardless of our work positions or who we are. The dark and the light are present in all, and it is this recognition that both are there and accessible at any time. We hold the choice in each thought and action, which is humbling, empowering or even frightening depending on your perspective. This post was helpful in bringing mindfulness to the truth of ourselves, as we are getting to know ourselves more this week, looking at all aspects of who we are in this moment, and what we can define as strengths as well as weaknesses as opportunities for building unforseen strengths or gives us an edge to the work that we were intended to do. When the question arrises, "Which wolf will win?" It is the one you feed the most.