A learning journal – Carl’s Story

What did I do

I started publicly blogging in June 2008 as a method of recording and sharing my thoughts, It was a scary experience to start with, I felt vulnerable opening myself up to others, wondering what people would think, whether anyone would bother reading it and whether it mattered or not if they did.

The decision to start a blog was triggered by simply looking at a photo on my mobile phone of my son Ewan. It was essentially a moment in time and I thought well at least a blog could provide a snap shot of my thoughts and my learning journey, so why not.

What difference has it made?

It has made a huge difference to me personally, it has challenged me to actively encourage and accept feedback as part of my personal and professional development. It has allowed me to connect and develop networks beyond the boundaries of the council and represent and champion Devon as a great place to live, work and enjoy.

It has also created visibility of my thinking, my ideas, my rants, my frustrations and everything in between.

It has made a big difference in my thinking, my practise and my ability to reach out and connect to a wider network. I also believe that all of these things over time and my openness contributed to winning the Guardian Public Leadership Award in November of 2013 and subsequently being included in the LGC top 100 powerlist in 2014 and 2015.
I blog because I find it beneficial in developing and capturing my thoughts. I now try and write as if I were having a conversation as I find that a better style for my thoughts as it mirrors most of the conversations I have with colleagues.

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