Last Spring I had an idea. I wanted to develop a new type of leadership training that was highly customized to the participants. I wanted to use technology to do this and I wanted it to be in depth. I thought and thought about how I could do this. I researched “communities of practice.” I discussed the idea with my own community of practice–my beloved Mastermind Group–as well as a number of library directors I am personally acquainted with. Then I thought some more. Finally I drew up a project charter.
Over the summer I proposed Leadership Lab to Metro, The Metropolitan New York Library Council, and organization I’ve been affiliated with for more than a decade. Not only did they agree to sponsor my prototype, they were the ones who came up with the fab name!
So this fall I had the fantastic opportunity to turn my idea into an actual program. Ten people were chosen to participate through a competitive application process. Some things went really well, a few things did not. Many could definitely be improved, but it was a prototype, so I knew that. Best of all I learned lots of ways the program could be improved for next time.
It really was a great experience to bring something from idea to reality and see that others also saw the benefit in what I had created. I look forward to the next iteration!