My morning smile came as I checked my overnight Twitter stream. Then, it turned to a question.
At the Bring IT Together Conference last November, I attended a presentation by Sylvia Duckworth about how to create Sketchnotes. I figured that, just by being in her presence, I’d somehow get the inspiration and skill to create my own. I’ve got an idea that I would like to turn into one, just to say that I did.
As of this posting, it’s still a work in progress. I’m trying; I really am. It just isn’t coming together in any shape that wouldn’t embarrass me. Fortunately, we have her expertise to keep us thinking and learning.
But, enough about my shortcomings.
Her latest offering appears below.
It’s part of my Sylvia collection.
After I enjoyed her work, I did my part and reshared her announcement of the Sketchnote. It has been received well by others and I’m getting notices of it being liked and reshared. That’s the good part of social media – good people recognizing and sharing good things.
Then, I sat down and took a good long look at the five links in her chain. I think that the note is timely, coming a week after Bell’s Let’s Talk Day.
Why is there success about this day? Because it’s not addressed openly and positively in the workplace and society. Ask any employer and they’ll probably respond “Yes, we have a program.” In fact, there may be a program or a mission statement within the organization for all of the links in the chain. The program somehow checks off a box on a to-do list.
But, it must go further than that. Take another look at the Sketchnote and Sylvia’s choice of words in the title.
She’s not identifying programs or statements; she’s identifying a culture within the workplace.
That’s an entirely different ball game.
So the question and concern is this – take a look within your organization. Are these links part of your culture? Or are they just a program so that you can put a checkmark beside it and move on to something else.
Are you living it within your culture?