Identifying goals and actions
I used the wheel of life when I had just returned to work after maternity leave. It was a good time to take stock and think about learning and development as a complete picture – looking at my whole life, not just work.
I completed it alone and made sure I gave myself some quiet personal reflection time. I then used it as a basis for a coaching session. As a result of the conversation I identified goals and actions and I am now working through these.
Ultimately, the impact has been that I have gone more confidently back into my job – able to lead as me, not as how it might be expected I lead.
I have realised that having people involved in my journey is important – so I am now looking for a mentor and ways to increase my team interaction.
It was incredible to be given permission to prioritise the things I enjoy and stimulate me in my job and as a leader. Consequently, I have gone back to swimming which has given me head space to make decisions and also park things on my way home from work.
The wheel also created conversations around what was limiting my personal growth – is there a voice that is stopping me from being proactive? It was very therapeutic to consider this, and to identify it - and then to say no to it!
The wheel of life made me realise that trying to lead in the way that I work well isn’t selfish – it is really beneficial to the charity and to me.