It’s not the kind of job they talked about when I was at school. However, after 9 years of being an Innovation Facilitator, I think I can retroactively say, with confidence, that “this is what I (would have) want(ed) to do when I grow up”. Here are my top 7 reasons why.
I like seeing people nod when they hear something that makes a lot of sense to them but they’d never thought about before. I like the grateful expression on their face.
I enjoy watching and laughing at the same jokes I’ve used to teach a point (even for the umpteenth time), but especially to watch the reaction of people experiencing it for the first time.
It takes me around the world where I meet people who speak English with every kind of wonderful accent, from Russian to Australian, French to American.
I enjoy seeing how during a session colleagues become friends, so they feel better at work, so they like their work better, so they are happier, so they bring more happiness to the world. Which makes me happy
Having fun while working hard or working hard while having fun; whatever the order, it’s a winning combination.
Taking people with me on a journey where they will get out of their comfort zone, shaking things around, revealing insights about their professional world and then landing back on solid ground with fresh perspectives on their life and work. Well that’s even better than being a pilot.
It is an opportunity to teach old dogs new tricks (myself very much included).