A Pair Of Ruby Slippers

October 3, 2006

Dandy Lion

Filed under: MACMP — author @ 7:45 pm

medal_winner_lg1.jpg“Read what my medal says: “Courage”. Ain’t it the truth? Ain’t it the truth?”

So what do I want to be master of? What do I want to get out of this course? I want to arm myself with the ability to find a way to activate change in my workplace, but I want more than that…. I want to be brave enough to actually put those skills into practice. That’s what attracted me to this course. To be honest the fact that it’s an MA is pretty incidental, I’ve got one and how many does a girl need? Admittedly this one is slightly more sensible, but still, hardly biochemistry as a helpful friend pointed out.

So what do I mean by change? That is so vague, sorry. I mean I want to find ways, ways I haven’t tried or even thought of yet to shout across my company about the wonderful things we could be doing for them as an eBusiness Team (I do like the whole team thing and intend to drag them with me down this particular yellow brick road). I also want to stamp my feet in the direction of the higher echelons of my company and question why it is we take so long to do things and over complicate simple tasks. I want to schmooze with Corporate Affairs and HR in such a way that they are biting my hand off to get us to work with them on their projects and we become the first team they call when instigating new projects. I want this course to point me in the right direction to find these skills, to help me ask the right questions and to steal what I can from my virtual classmates brains.

Ok, rant over I should say at this point that I work with a bunch of excellent people who can and will embrace change. They need someone to lead it, someone to explain, in a measured way, why we need it and someone who can see it through. Heck, they helped me pay for this, they must want it too…. Unless they think I’m doing biochemistry? The Lion got a medal from Oz, I will settle for a new pair of shoes if I pull this one off.



  1. good luck, good luck DJ – I’m sure you’ll wow ’em in virtual Bournemouth.

    PS – me thinks you’ve found your voice, excellent reading.

    Comment by Jonathan — October 3, 2006 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  2. I quite like the idea of academics as fraudulent wizards, hiding behind theoretical ‘special effects’, but nevertheless, in the end helping Dorothy through the liminal 😉

    Great start to a blog

    Comment by Mike — October 4, 2006 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  3. Just click yer heels three times and it’ll all be right 🙂

    Comment by 062 — October 4, 2006 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

  4. Well, second day, second thoughts, and maybe more relevent this time… not sure who will read this site – i guess your colleagues and other people on the course – maybe total strangers as well, but here goes….

    Change is difficult. In my own business change has been cripplingly hard, and in virtually every case the difficulty has come from an unexpected direction. People and businesses have roots and anchors that it’s hard to drag up. If you’re lucky, people see you heading in a certain direction and pull up the roots to follow. It’s a damn site easier than trying to drag them.

    I always say to people that small businesses run on emotional energy – innovators and leaders put that energy in, and it’s always at a cost.

    Ego and status are huge barriers to change. I don’t mean this negatively – we build our notion of our “selves” on our experiences, our beliefs, our posessions and our expectations.

    Change threatens this. Anything that threatens this threatens our image of our “selves”, so change doesn’t just threaten what i do, in some quite important way, it threatens who i am. When someone asks me what i do, do i say “i’m a company director” or do i say “I’m an artist”? It’s context dependent, but i use these terms to define my “self”, my worldview of who and what i am.

    I need to think a bit more about this, but i think that change is more complex than most people believe. I come accross a lot of change in my work – we generally get involved at times of change – new things coming in etc. I have the privelage of seeing the commonality (in peoples reactions, in their ways of dealing with things, in their Eureka moments), but none of this has helped me to deal with change myself.

    Comment by 062 — October 5, 2006 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

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