Last night a KH saved my life ...


So this is it; my last blog as an 'official' KHub team member. Before there are too many tears shed by local government's knowledge sharing fans – fear not, I am venturing only a few desks away, moving into the LGA’s external comms and social media team.

It’s been quite the year for me. Exactly twelve months ago I started a new job which was all about helping us in local government share knowledge better; I directed my first play and fitted in a little shindig better known as my wedding. It’s a close call which one of those was the cause for the greatest amount of tears …

Apart from newly improved time management skills, I have learnt so much this year and by far the biggest lesson has been that oldie but goodie: a problem shared is a problem halved.

There were times that I had worried that I had taken too much on. What tended to happen previously when I felt like that, was that I would retreat into myself more, becoming self-conscious about asking for help – basically worried that I looked like a bit of a failure.

However, when it happened this year it felt fine to throw my hands up in the air and say; “Hey, anyone got a mo?”

I have been giving it some thought as to why this might be. Here’s what I have come up with so far…

I had the support of a great team. I really did. The Knowledge Hub lot were and are an amazing group of people to work with. We were all up against it, managing the closing of the old Communities of Practice platform, migrating hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of users, getting Knowledge Hub up and running, dealing with the inevitable gremlins and taking criticism (nearly always constructive…) on the chin – and yet we stayed positive. We laughed. A lot. We talked through our issues, we blogged about our experiences and discussed alternatives on forums. We were putting our money where our mouths were and being model knowledge sharers.

I don’t think it was a conscious decision but I was definitely opening up and sharing in other parts of my life more. I didn’t know what sort of a director I was going to be but found I was very hands on, getting the cast to share their ideas and including what I could of their proposals. I didn’t seem to be becoming the stressed out caffeine addict I had witnessed my other mates who directed morph into. At the time I couldn’t work out why; I put it down to having too much else on my plate to be worried about. Now though when I look back, I was asking for advice, looking for feedback and being broad shouldered enough to take on board others’ suggestions. Knowledge sharing was making life easier and I wasn’t even aware I was doing it.

Four weeks after the play finished I was walking down the aisle – I am not going to lie, there were a few ‘moments’ but I wasn’t the human volcanic meltdown I assumed I would be. I didn’t run for the hills the minute the music started and in every photo from the day I have a grin that I didn’t think I had the facial muscles to manage. If someone had told me a year ago I would enjoy my wedding that much I would have broken into my homeland vernacular and exclaimed: “Aye right mate – dead on ...” However, in the intervening 12 months I was doing things differently, I was reading and commenting on brides-to-be blogs and I was sharing my worries with family and friends. It might sound like an oxymoron to many, but my work life has seemed to improve my personal life.

Trust me, I more than most am aware that not everything always runs perfectly on Knowledge Hub (my patience has also improved significantly this past year …), but it has been a fantastic project to work on and I will continue to ensure that I use it to make my life that little bit easier.

Who’d have thought Knowledge Hub and Guinness would have so much in common?

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