Wednesday, September 05, 2007

So far...

So far....so something. There have been high points and low points. It has, at times, forced me to take a good look at myself and the way I behave and why. It is not a comfortable thing to do, and discussing it with others, I don't think any of us are having an easy time.

The good news is that I am still alive though I am very tired so this will be short. The tasks we have been set as part of the course have meant having to work on in the evenings. Tomorrow is a big day as we are to make a presentation as the culmination of one of the tasks. The presentation is being made to a senior manager who will 'grill' us on the decisions we have made and then later we will get feedback as to how effective we have been as part of the group in the task, and also in presenting ourselves. We have also been doing other group work which has been very intensive and challenging and has left me quite drained.

I really must go to bed but I will let you know how it goes.

Update

I'm back now. I wanted very much to post more while I was away but I found the experience mentally and emotionally draining and the days were full and long so it was difficlt to find spare time. I am going to post about it in the next day or so but I can tell you this. It was the most difficult, uncomfortable, challenging and yet rewarding course I have been on. I have learned much that I can use both at work and in other areas of my life.

It was strange having to leave the course today. For a week we had spent so much time together at the training centre adn it felt a little weird to be returning to the real world though we were all keen to go home. It was like leaving a community where we had shared things and once we left we knew it would never be the same again. Apparently, it is not uncommon for such a sense of commaraderie to develop on this course as it is so stressful. Oh, and by the way, the presentation we had to do went very well. More to come...

12 comments:

Fizzy said...

This sounds like an emotionally draining course.Keep going.You are a better person than cos I do not think I could do it.

R. Sherman said...

Good luck on the presentation!

Cheers.

November Rain said...

wow this course sounds really tough

hope you get through it

Beckie said...

I remember courses like you are describing.

I wish you you tons of good luck!

craziequeen said...

[hugs]

cq

mar said...

Good luck to you. But you don't need it : you'll do great on your very own!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This sounds like a very difficult and grueling experience....Like an "Encounter Group" as we used to call them....I do not envy you, at all.

Thanks so much fr your lovely words, my dear...They are much appreciated by me....I do try to be fair....Though it is sometimes difficult,,,(lol).

It is much cooler today, And I am deeply grateful for that. This is the first time I have been so effected by the Heat/Humidty as an 'older' person...It is kind of scary, I must say....I'm still recovering to a degree. That heat efffected a lot if people and in L.A. county alone---there were 17 deaths, and not all 'elferly'...Global Warming? I think so.

margalit said...

When I was in management training we did a weeklong course like this as well, and I found it invaluable. Learning how others perceive me, and how I project myself was very helpful to creating my management style.

I hope you find it as helpful in your management future.

Michele sent me.

Sarch said...

BK I'm glad you're back home.
I have been through similar exhausting yet exhilirating experiences. Another step in your development as a manager and person....pretty neat when you think about it.

gautami tripathy said...

You are just plain tired. So nothing to worry about. Read my 'ode to tiredness' and you will feel better.

Michele sent me here to tell you so!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, darling! Michele sent me.

I didn't know that this was such a draining sort of course you were taking, so I was surprised to hear all these descriptions.

Hats off to you for sticking with it. I don't know that I would have had the interest, no matter the cost for not doing it.

Reflekshins said...

I got pooped reading about it. heh heh

cheers from Michele's