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One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words

…it is expressed in the choices one makes, and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt.

There are few things that I find more satisfying than working and living in a way that aligns with my philosophy.  My drive is clear, and my actions are purposeful. I can usually react mindfully. When I’m working within a team that is clear on their philosophy, we have collective vision and make good decisions based on an agreed framework of thinking.

Now, I might be painting a particularly rosy picture here, and some hiccups are inevitable– but I am sure that robust philosophy makes a big difference in the grand scheme of things!

In March, the Workforce Council will be hosting Who are we? Towards a Clear Philosophy. This day isn’t necessarily about making your team value the same things as you, but it is about finding ways to action your collective values through your practice.  As you would expect, there will be lots of philosophy talk, but we will be getting into the practical side of things too.

How is philosophy reflected in your QIP?

How do you go about writing a service (or personal) philosophy?

How is it made authentic?

How does it grow with us?

How do I get my team on board?

Have you been assessed yet? The thought may make your heart race, but if you can look past the initial nervousness of having someone critique your work, there is lots of opportunity to reflect and grow. If you are preparing for assessment, your philosophy is a really good starting place. Similarly, if you are preparing for re-assessment, it would be good to start these conversations now.

I am guilty of being a little wistful, but when I think of a service philosophy I am reminded of a quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – “Begin at the beginning... and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” If we are truthful about the purpose of our philosophy, our work in adapting it, referencing it, and practicing it – our work on it should never really stop, should it?

Join us at Who are we? Towards a Clear Philosophy, Saturday 19 March in Toowoomba with Alma Feet, Wendy Shepherd and Caroline Fewster.

Registrations open now – click here to register.