As mentioned in my previous blog, I attended Unfurling HR, an unconference organised as an extension of the on-line NZLead community, bringing HR related professionals together from around the globe.
The second event was a weekend at Puniho Pa, participating in a marae visit with my Te Reo Maori (Maori language) class.
The juxtaposition of these events, involving the most traditional of New Zealand communities and one created from new technology; highlighted to me how important our communities are. At the unconference we participated in an event that advanced our thinking, created learning opportunities and enabled us to develop friendships and networks for the future. We worked as a community to create those opportunities. At the marae, we were welcomed as visitors and left as whanau (family). We worked together to prepare food, clean up after ourselves, learn, entertain and create opportunities to develop friendships and networks for the future.
For each event I felt that I had participated in something special.
I can’t help thinking about what would happen in organisations and businesses if we created something equally special in the world of work. What were the common threads in my two special events that we could transfer into our workplaces.
- Aroha-In Maori, this means so much more than its English translation of love.
- Teamwork– everyone participated, contributed and shared
- Learning – pushing the boundaries, stretching comfort zones
- Inclusiveness – everyone’s contribution was asked for and valued
- Fun – laughter, not taking ourselves too seriously, and a little bit of mischief
How cool would it be to work in a place that did this all the time?