Introduce yourself – your gifts, passions, purpose and values
Now that you’ve met the lead educators of the course and some of the educators that you will hear more from in the upcoming weeks it’s time to focus on the most important part – you as a learner and human being. This course will be very much shaped by your input, ideas and experiences.
This step is organised in three parts:
- Introduce yourself
- Think, reflect and list your gifts, passions and purpose
- Think, reflect and list your core values
1. Introduce yourself
Use the discussion function to introduce yourself and also to get to know each other. We want to know who you are. What are you bringing to this course? Why do you think a course like this is important? Getting a feeling for who is taking this course will make this a much more engaging and rewarding experience. ÄNDRAS Reuse or rewrite the presentation used in the welcome area if you like.ÄNDRAS
2. Think, reflect and list your gifts, passions and purpose
In Six Steps to Natural Enterprise: A Synopsis of “Finding the Sweet Spot” by Dave Pollard, 2008, he outlines three key aspects needed for finding your own sweet spot:
- Gifts (the things [you] do uniquely well)
- Passions (the things [you] love doing)
- Purpose (the things people [and planet] in the world really need, that [you] care about)
When these three aspects intersect and join together in your work, you find your sweet spot, a place where work is fun, rewarding, creative and effective. List your gifts, passions and purpose in the discussion area.
3. Think, reflect and list your core values
List two or three core values and why they are important for you. A value is defined in Merriam-Webster as: “something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable”.
List your core values and explain why they are important to you in the discussion area.
This exercise comes from Whistling Vivaldi. How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele, 2011.
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