This was a light-hearted question posed during the DO Lectures in early July. The speakers at the event had started to identify with the idea that they were a DO-ner if they had given their talk or were a DO-er if they were still to go. The question stayed with me and I asked it in relation to myself, learning and self-development. First a bit about DO. The DO Lectures were created by Claire and David Hieat in 2008. The formula is simple: Ideas + Energy = Change The concept is simple, bring together ‘the movers and the shakers, the disruptors and change-makers to tell their stories’ to inspire others to go out and DO. Set in a corner of beautiful west Wales, on a farm, with scrummy homemade food, perfect coffee and tea the talks are held in the Cow Shed. People come from far and wide for three days. Even when it rains it is good!
Back to the question: Am I a DO-er?: someone who knows her self-development and learning is a journey that will probably be on-going in both life and professionally OR Am I a DO-ner?; someone who has invested time and effort into self in the past, have reached a level of happiness and professional credibility and left it at that I want to say there is no right or wrong answer. You probably want a balance of both as you go through life. However, I recognise one of my beliefs is that I want to be the best I can be for my client every time I show up, work or interact with them. To do this I build into my year an element of on-going professional learning – new ideas, concepts, ways of working, time for self-reflection and growth through coaching, reading, discussions as well as time for fitness and balanced nutrition. All of these enable me to grow, spread my wings and take me closer to the edge of my boundaries. Playing at the edges can feel scary, exhilarating, nerve-wracking and exciting and yet it is the place where I play best………….