I attended an online book discussion within my organization recently, and there was a very interesting question the class facilitator ended the session with. He asked:
If we were to write our own ideal job title, what would it be?
I thought that was the grandest thought-provoking question I have encountered in some time, and came up with “Director of Strategic Reflection.”
As a proponent of reflective practice within an ongoing learning organization, I think those of us within human resource development, adult education, communication, and organizational development would greatly benefit from more active (both structured and unstructured) reflection. How else can we identify the assumptions and patterns of behavior that stifle us from moving forward to create a more just and aware organizational structure and society itself? We who engage in organizational, management, and leadership studies know that when people within an organization are more aligned within one another and with the mission and vision, then the organization itself is stronger and healthier.
What would your ideal job title be, and what impact would it have?