Working Out Loud Circle – Week Three

This is part of a series of posts documenting my journey with a Working Out Loud circle, as defined in John Stepper’s book; Working Out Loud: For a better Career and Life.  You can read the rest of the series here.

Friday rolled around quickly for me, the product of a busy week but the Working Out Loud circle assembled again in cyberspace, and spent another enjoyable and energising hour working through our guided practice for the week.

So what did we do this week?

As ever, we kicked off with a check-in, calibrating where we all were with the tasks and our different goals.  It was good to hear that everyone felt they had made some progress this week and our general energy levels were high, despite some people having weeks equally as busy as mine!

We then talked through the first exercise, and specifically about how we planned to ‘pay ourselves first’.  I felt like I already did quite well on this, blocking out one-hour per day to work on writing and look at contributions to others in my network. I recently wrote about how that had worked for me, with my 2018 challenge of writing every day – January is complete and I’m happy with my progress.

One thing was apparent to me today, that as a group we enjoy celebrating success. One of our number had a good win this week, and it was great to hear that and celebrate as a group. It feels like we are invested in success as a team.

Mutanfall – a German word meaning ‘Courage Attack’

We had a few interesting discussions today, one around the difference between a work brand and a personal brand. My feeling is that the two are very closely mixed, one is an extension of the other.

We also talked about how joining a Working Out Loud circle had given us all a little ‘nudge’ towards doing things we know to be useful, there is a word ‘Mutanfall’ – a German word that means ‘Courage Attack’, which is a fantastic definition of this.  I feel like I have had those attacks of courage whenever I spend time investing in myself for training or learning, and I suspect there is a network effect in play here, the more I invest, the better I will be at pushing myself.

Finally, we talked about gratitude and practised it a little bit in our group as well as setting ourself up for some private and public displays in the next week.

My key takeaways

  • Once again – we are still energised, and reading ahead in the WOL guides it seems that there are a lot more opportunities for fun collaboration with this team.
  • I’ll be working through my relationship this week and looking to make connections.  I’ve already started through this blog to pay forward some gratitude to the knowledge and wisdom that I read each day.

What did I do after the week three meeting?

  • I built some new space into my calendar to work through the WOL exercises.
  • I added some new plans to my editorial calendar for this site to connect with other bloggers who I want to express some gratitude to.


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