I've noticed that we're good at asking for and taking up offers to help as an organization, particularly in Kanika's absence. Speaking for myself at least, I'm terribly stubborn... especially the kind of stubborn that will just do everything myself, so admitting that I can't do it all is a challenge that I've been working on for the last few years.
One way of being able to learn though is to stay open to the opportunities that come. Adults often come to their "education" and learning because there's something they want to get out of it - meaning they have expectations of some kind (think of the last workshop you attended or course you enrolled in). As Kanika has said before, it often helps to enter conversations without (great) expectations and for us, our biggest learning has taken place within conversations.
AJ has had an advisor for a while since she came on board full-time; one of Kanika's most trusted advisors has been working with her and has helped her ease into all things CEO- and business development-related. Though AJ already has great skillset, she's told me it's been so helpful having this support.
AJ went out to lunch today with a close friend of hers and she returned with good news for me: he had asked what he could do to help and AJ was taking him up on the offer because he's someone in the industry who understands content inside out. He will be able to act as an advisor to SoJo and particularly to me, especially because he's an award-winning journalist and he and I can both relate as writers. Though I can do almost everything related to our day-to-day operations in content, I have much to learn when it comes to thinking about content in more strategic terms. I also haven't been able to reach out to anyone who does content in a meaningful manner because I haven't met anyone really working in content full-time yet.
As AJ pointed out, there's only so much either of us can learn on our own, even if we're both really resourceful. What's exciting about these advisors is that they want to get their hands dirty when they're helping us; they're not just people who point you to your next resource without any real guidance on why you're following a particular process. They're willing to stand by us as we learn from their expertise and insights, and as we then turn our learning into ideas and later action. This accelerates our professional development, which allows us to spend more time actually doing something with everything we're learning.
I can't wait to get started on this process. I'm going in with an open mind and a blank slate for our content and though I have no great expectations, I know this will be a learning experience regardless.