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Course: SSTLS
Name: Louise Newton-Keogh

For me the most enjoyable part of the course were the fortnightly workshops. I appreciated the use of activities such as the ‘six thinking hats’ and the ‘personality cards’ as learning tools. I enjoyed the discussions that took place within our group and it was fascinated to hear the experiences of individuals from very diverse working environments. The most tangible achievement for me after completing this course has been a change of mindset. Before I began the course I did not really think of myself as a leader or have any real concept of what a leader actually was. I now think of myself not just as a team leader but as a member of a developing team. The concept of goal setting is something that will stay with me both in my personal and professional life. Completing my win/win goals was satisfying with the greatest satisfaction coming from the goal of developing my team. I feel I have started both my team members on a journey of professional development that will have an ongoing effect in their lives. Whilst I kept my personal goals fairly simple, the greatest achievement for me was in setting them in the first place. For the past 20 years, (since becoming a mother), I have had a policy of putting myself last. Setting focus goals really interrupted this mindset. More specifically I am now spending time on my writing -something I love that I have shamefully neglected. By putting aside even small amounts of time to spend on this, it has now become a regular part of my life again.