WOL on #OZLearn: from chatting to action

On Tuesday night, we had a great OzLearn twitter chat on working out loud (WOL) inspired by Simon Terry, who also added tons of value with his contributions in the chat. Whilst there was a bit of confusion at the outset of the chat about what WOL is, by the end many were talking about experimenting with WOL and putting it into practice:

This is so exciting to see – a commitment to action and behaviour change is a sure sign that something has clicked, that people have been inspired, that critical learning has occurred. And then – the next day, I woke up the next day to this conversation:

And all of a sudden, in a flutter of tweets we went from John Stepper putting the idea of WOL circles out there, to us planning Google Hangouts, John sending us drafts of his book, and Michelle posting  about WOL with an open invitation to join the WOL Circle that we’ll be starting.

So what’s a WOL Circle?

It’s basically a small peer support group – specifically formed & structured for those in it to support each other to make their work more visible – and to kick start a habit of ‘working out loud’. It’s a 12 week, “guided mastery program” – a format which John adapted from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Circles.

What excites me about this WOL Circle

I am definitely interested in improving my own WOL practices – and in particular – making it a habit to do so (making a writing habit is something I’ve struggled with). But what additionally intrigues and excites me about trying out the concept is the prospect of collaborating closely on this with a trusted peer group, and getting first-hand experience of a potentially powerful format for peer learning and sustained behaviour change and personal /professional development – which could of course, be adapted for achieving similar goals within an organisation – and potentially transforming it.

The other personally inspiring aspect of this particular circle is that it has spawned from the OzLearn chat. Full credit to Con (@LearnKotch) who started up the OzLearn chat, and who reaches out to leaders in the field each month to feature a guest post. Being part of the crew who helps make it happen is satisfying and a great learning experience (we take turns moderating, storifying, and all promote the chat to our networks).

So if you’d like to get involved in the WOL Circle, go visit Michelle’s blog and let us know. #OzLearn is on every 2nd Tuesday of the month..and it looks like Con already has plans in the wings for next month’s guest contributor. Come check it out.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “WOL on #OZLearn: from chatting to action

  1. What a great post Tanya. Ozlearn Chat from last Tuesday was inspirational in a lot of ways and so glad to see so much activity around the WOL concept. Thanks also for the shout out re Ozlearn and your ongoing support. My vision for Ozlearn was always to make it relevant and inclusive to all Oz based L&Ders and any one else who wished to join us from overseas. I wanted it to be at a time and date that suited most Oz L&D lifestyle. I am excited for the future of this group and combined with the Third Place Meet Ups we are developing an active and embracing L&D community in Australia. As I say – Onwards and Upwards !

    • Thanks for the comment Con! Yes, it’s great to see how it’s progressing – there’s a core group of really engaged and inspired Ozlearn participants plus newcomers generally each week – it’s great to see. Thanks for all the work you do each month coordinating things (and reminding us when an upcoming chat is due!). Look forward to seeing and helping it grow.

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