It's a great list--but I really focused in on one skill for me to work on 2012. It's #2--Asking more questions. For me, it really relates to all the other skills. Asking hard questions of myself can make me more self-aware; questioning can help lead to empathetic listening; question asking can lead to authentic conversations; it can lead to reflection; and question asking can help take me outside of conversations with people just like myself.
So what kinds of work-related questions do I want to ask in the coming year? Here's just a few...
- What new skills can I learn?
- How can I stretch my own skills further?
- How can I continue to encourage or mentor others?
- What contribution can I make to diversifying our field?
- How can I better organize my time? (as, sadly, I have realized that the prettiest new file folders aren't the answer)
- Where in the world could I go next?
- Do you want real change?
- How can we be most effective working together?
- What do you want me to bring to the table?
- How have you asked questions of your audiences? What have you done with the answers?
- Do you have fun when you work?
- How can museums make themselves into real places for deep listening, reflection, conversations, and interactivity?
- What would make you pay a visit? What keeps you away?
- What community stories are we not telling? Can you help us with that?
- Do you really need that no photography rule?
- What do you want to read more about?
- What blogs do you want to make sure I read? Who should I make sure to follow on Twitter?
- Have you liked the Uncataloged Museum on Facebook yet?
So let's raise our glasses to a question-filled 2012!
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dullhunk on flickr
slainte74 on flickr