For my Pratt & Whitney colleagues, we know what post we are going to read before we read the first word of posts like this. The picture gives it away. There will be 20-30 versions of this post this week. And another 20-30 in a few weeks, and every few weeks after that.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll let you in on what’s going on. Pratt & Whitney is investing in our future. This week, 31 leaders of the company attended Thayer Leadership training (calling it training short sells what it is – it’s really more of an experience). And you guessed it, I was one of those 31 lucky ones this week. It takes place on West Point’s campus. It’s led by retired Army leaders. There are conversations, reflections and lots of note taking. There was lots of food, a bit of fun and expanding our networks. It’s an experience that you need to live through to fully get it.
We were prepared going in. We know what the company’s Leadership Operating Model is. (Remember my leadership philosophy I rewrote in 2020? It’s only a small part of our LOM.) We know what key shifts the company is making. We know that we are only a small portion of change agents needed to make those changes.
This week reminded me that change, real change, is hard. There are a lot of hurdles to achieve what we know we need to do. There are a lot of folks who believe in the old way and are sticks in the mud that try to stop this progress. This was a refreshing reminder that it doesn’t matter how hard it will be to climb that hill but we can do it. (After all we did complete a 5K at 5:30AM with lots of ice and 20-something degrees – and if you really know me, you know I don’t run… let alone before the sun comes up!)
And now for the PW cliche post…. Thank you to my advocates, mentors and coaches that got me here. I’ve been blessed to have amazing support and people who believe in me. This week was a welcome chance to unplug from the day to day and remember why I love being a leader. I’m looking forward to what’s to come and the changes our cohort will make at the company.