My theme of today is learning from the pros. I am a learning geek and I love learning from the masters so this comes easily to me and inspires me to refine my own skills.
A few links to consider on this theme:
Some main points that I think are gems:
- The key to a great interview (in Enright’s opinion) is one of main saws: for the best interviews you need to listen and form your next question from what you hear; and
- You can’t over-prepare for the interview. You are there as the surrogate for the listener. Notwithstanding a high level of preparation, there can always be potential for spontaneity; you can’t know everything.
On another note, I, like many public servants am pre-occupied (and some days in a cold sweat) because I will need to re-test on my French exams later this year. I was particularly brain dead from a long day on a recent visit my local library and wandered into a section I hadn’t seen before called, “Easy Reads in French”. I was there long enough that the woman who curates the section came along to give me some recommendations. It was brilliant and reminded me how many French authors that I read in translation, that I could be reading in French. I am now armed with a good long list of books, graphic novels and biographies to help me get back in the French game.
Lastly, I consider volunteering a big part of my core values though some days are of course better than others. I find it especially challenging when I am called upon to lead volunteers. Where people might think that this might be a natural extension of my role as a manager, it just ain’t so. I am fortunate have found a book that I refer to a fair bit specifically on leading volunteers. The book is called, “To Lead is to Serve: How to Attract and Retain Volunteers” Some of the nuggets from the book include: the need to meet people where they are (don’t expect them to meet you where you are), the importance of meeting basic needs first in a volunteer setting before making demands, and the especially important place for recognition in a volunteer setting – the author speculates that the number one reason people quit their volunteer gigs is hurt feelings.