By Mark Taylor, VP Climate Policy Assurance Team, Alberta Energy Regulator
Recently, Higher Landing asked me to participate in something called the “Grizzly Den”. I had never heard of Higher Landing or the Grizzly Den. Fortunately, I accepted the invitation and it turned out to be a great and very unique experience.
WHAT’S THE GRIZZLY DEN? (and who ARE the “Grizzlies”??)
First came lunch, followed by introductions to the other Grizzly panelists, an amazing collection of Calgary leaders whose passion for leadership and life is truly infectious. Then, we experienced the very unique program that Higher Landing takes their clients through. In a nutshell, it helps you understand your skills, passions and values to take you and your career to a higher level.
By the time lunch was over, I already felt the afternoon had been an amazing experience.
Then we met the presenters… One by one, over the course of the afternoon, we met four very unique and exciting individuals who presented themselves to the Grizzlies. I can only imagine that this experience was much tougher than any regular job interview because each presenter had to articulate who they were without the benefit of a specific role to anchor to.
A great experience for all…
This was a very positive experience for both the presenters and the Grizzlies. We all learned from each other as we engaged in 4 hours of dialogue. The compassion, the passion, the anxiety, the desire to learn, the joy of sharing, the experiences were too many to count.
And it doesn’t stop there!
I know the experience was positive for the presenters because the Grizzly Den experience did not end that afternoon. The connections that were made continue and I personally have met with three of the clients, and exchanged ideas with the fourth. Grizzlies are there to help people with their career.
I am looking forward to future opportunities to be a Grizzly and I thank Higher Landing for teaching an old dog, new tricks.
I am also happy to have invigorated a number of people who find themselves in challenging times.