At Next Jump, every new hire goes through PLB – or “Personal Leadership Bootcamp.” PLB is a safe environment for new employees to identify their “backhand” – the thing that holds us back from reaching our full potential – and develop practice grounds to tackle it. New graudate Quang shares the lessons he learned and how being vunerable has improved his life not just at work, but also at home.
PLB is often referred to as a journey here at Next Jump. To be honest, it didn’t feel like that to me the first time round. However, looking back at my PLB, it is one of the most meaningful periods of my life and it is true to the very word journey. I want to leave you with 3 lessons that I picked up along my PLB journey today:
1. PLB is about you
2. Friends are essential, and
3. Growth needs consistency.
I came into PLB, thinking it was an exam for me to pass. For me, it was not a journey but rather a destination. I took on whatever feedback that I got, and tried to spin my PLB presentations into that feedback, attempting to pass. In retrospect, I was just trying to say whatever I think others would want to hear from me. I was trying to show my judges, my coaches and my TPs that I had my PLB sorted and everything was great. However, by trying really hard to be someone that I am not, I soon reached the point close to breaking down where really, I learnt nothing about myself and grew not at all. It is only when I realised that PLB exists for me to grow, and I needed to make it my own, that I changed my mindset to a journey of self-discovery and embraced the pain and uncertainties. It helped me so much in recognising my backhand: I want to look good in front of others.
It might sound cliche but I mean every word when I say: I couldn’t have done this without my friends. By friends, I mean my coaches, my TPs and everyone here at Next Jump whom I am extremely grateful for. Without conversations with senior Next Jumpers who asked me probing questions, I would not have been able to be honest with myself and see my backhand in brand new light. Without the coaching and insights that my coaches offered, I would not have been able to see the full potential of TP-ing. Till this day, their TP relationship has always been the one I look up to. Most importantly, without the endless support, the late TP night session and truths from my TPs Laura and Christa, I would not have been able to learn and grow so much through my PLB. I also came out knowing one thing about my TPs: I am an effective decision maker with and an indecisive mess without. The support from others around me is indispensable not only to my growth, but also my work.
Consistency has always been something thing that I struggle with. To be honest, when I first received feedback that my practices were ‘will-powered’ and not a ritual, I really didn’t understand what that meant or how it could help me. However, I was willing to give daily updates and try. And true enough, slowly but surely, after consistently practicing transparency and vulnerability through these means, I was able to be much more open and honest with my colleagues. The effects have also been felt by others around me, be it my girlfriend, my parents or my friends. On one occasion of vulnerability, I was able to have a much more meaningful relationship with one of my house mates Alex in one day, than in the 4 years that I have known him combined!
Even though this speech marks the end of my PLB journey, I see it betokens the start of my journey of growth at Next Jump. I know that the journey is going to be much longer, and it will be much more difficult at times. However, I know that I need to make it mine. I know that I need to have my friends. And I know I need to be consistent with my practices.