The recording for my “Unleashing Your Personal Superpower” session is now online:
I hope you’ll watch the recording, but here’s a summary just in case:
- Growth often results from challenge
- Mental health issues like anxiety and depression present real challenges that can produce “superpowers” – skills that most people don’t have, and which can grow from the day-to-day experience of living with constant challenge
- Recognizing and using these “superpowers” isn’t always easy – you need to be honest with yourself and the people around you, which in turn depends on being in a place of trust and safety to do so
In the presentation I mainly use an X-Men metaphor, and suggest that my personal superpowers are:
- Fear: Most social interactions are deeply stressful for me, so to compensate I over-prepare and take effective notes for things I need to remember or actions I need to take
- Confusion: I don’t really understand how other people’s brains work, or the relationship between my actions and their reactions – to compensate I have developed techniques for effective written and verbal communication to eliminate ambiguity and drive clarity
- Chaos: My mind is made of chaos, which causes all sorts of challenges – to compensate I have developed a “process reflex” to understand complex problems and implement processes to address or mitigate them
I wrap up the session with a quick mention of the little-known years before Superman joined the Justice League, which he spent as a Kryptonite delivery guy, and absolutely hated his life. Once he found a team where he could use his strengths and not need to always fight to overcome his weaknesses, he was much happier and effective.
In related news, if I could only get these Swedes to return my calls, I’m thinking of forming a new superhero team…
 And the rest of the session recordings, because it was a great event.
 Think “work meetings” for starters and “work social events” for an absolute horror show.
 I have a draft blog post from two years ago that tries to express this, but I doubt I will ever actually finish and publish it…