For those of you who are familiar with the military, you will understand the term ruck/rucking/rucksack. Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training – alone when they must, together always! Rucking builds character, strength, and endurance. Today I did my first mini-mini-training and I have to say; I hated it! I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about – at one point I walked away from the group feeling tears well up in my eyes because it was hard and because I am having some emotional crap going on right now! But what happens when the team fails? We get up again and keep trying! What happens when one person is struggling? The team helps that individual get back up and encourages them to continue.
As I was driving home from this training, I began to think about, what happens when the curriculum team fails? Do we help one another? Are we open-minded enough to admit when we are wrong or when we have failed? Curriculum writing and planning as previously stated takes time, hard work, and most of all teamwork. It is the teamwork that we fail to see sometimes and often forget about. While I might be ready to jump in feet first; my colleague may not be. I need to work harder at being more mindful of their apprehension. Let’s be honest here – maybe they are feeling the tears well up in their eyes because it is hard and they are overwhelmed and have some emotional crap going on right now! Just as they need to learn new things about writing and planning curriculum, I have to learn new ways to work with and encourage my teammates to keep going. So, what happens when the curriculum team fails? We have to get up again and keep trying! Help one another be successful! Don’t throw your colleagues under the bus (been there, done that) just because you dove in feet first and they didn’t. Be honest, be authentic, have the difficult conversations, and move forward.
TO RUCK OR NOT TO RUCK? The verdict is still out on that!