For anyone learning a new skill or developing expertise, the process and the challenges you face are always the same. The Developing Others tool helps us understand those realities, and gives us a simple process, framework, and best practices for how to master it most effectively. There are 4 primary stages of this growth journey, and in each, there is a specific role for both the “learner” (aka “apprentice”) and the “expert” (aka “master-craftsman”). Effective progression around the square toward mastery means responsibility and support/challenge are gradually increased for the individual at each stage over time – not all at once, but calibrated to keep pace with the learner’s ability to handle it.
At some point along the way, when they are learning to master a new skill or environment, there is a period where there is danger of falling into the Pit of Despair. This is the place where they feel like no matter how hard they’ve tried, they just can’t make it, they don’t understand the expectations set for them, or they feel in-over-their head and overwhelmed. The result can be abdication and just doing enough to get by, or depression, or unhealthy behavior at work as they seek to cope with this sense of failure and feeling trapped. But there is hope! There is a way out.
Join me Friday, February 16 from 12-1pm, for our next lunch and learn to learn three tools that can help you develop yourself and others and get out of the Pit of Despair.
Special thanks to our signature sponsor the The Women’s CEO Business School and our community partner Smart Settlements.
Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards
The Loudoun Chamber will celebrate its 56th Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards on Thursday, February 22, 2024. We will honor top community leaders as well as celebrate the success of the 2023 Board of Directors Chair, Carol Barbe of Backflow Technology LLC. We will also welcome in our 2024 Board and the new Chair Angela Mitchell, owner of ARM Consulting, LLC. 2023 Event Photos
On Monday, August 21, 2023, the 41st Annual Chamber Classic was held at The Club at Creighton Farms. This event has been Loudoun County’s premier business golf tournament for four decades. The Chamber Classic offers our sponsors tremendous marketing exposure and an incomparable day of golf on this Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Stay tuned for 2024 Event Details. 2023 Event Photos
Small Business Awards
For 30 years, the Loudoun Small Business Awards have been the most prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. We hope you join us in the Fall of 2024 to congratulate finalists and winners in 9 categories, including the top prize, at the 2024 Small Business of the Year. Winners are announced in front of a live audience of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders. Stay tuned for 2024 Event Info! 2023 Event Photos
On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Loudoun Chamber will honor our community’s real-life heroes, including several truly heroic citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions at the 39th Annual Loudoun County Valor Awards. Join Loudoun’s top business and community leaders for this proud Chamber tradition, as we demonstrate respect and appreciation for these dedicated public servants and their selfless acts of heroism and service. Event Info Here