Not unlike other large organizations, I have often found myself at the water cooler talking with a co-worker that I never knew existed and am even further dismayed to learn that we’ve worked in the same building for five years and our paths never crossed.
It was an interaction like this recently that made me want to feel more connected to co-workers I don’t typically interact with on a daily basis and also to feel more connected to the bigger picture.
Skillsoft prides itself on creating its own content, in-house. And while I knew that we employ graphic designers, instructional designers, writers and the like, I never put 2 and 2 together to wholly recognize and appreciate that we film the course videos in our very own backyard.
At the invitation of a co-worker, I drove to an unassuming local studio and met the photographers, director, producers, stylist and actors that were assembled to create a special segment for one of our upcoming courses.
If you’ve never been on a shoot, it’s pretty incredible to absorb how much effort goes into filming a segment. From the lights, stands, light boxes, cords, cameras, monitors, vernacular and personalities, it’s a pretty amazing thing. And being on set is just a portion of the phase; much work happened to corral everyone to be there in that moment and much work will happen in post-production as well.
At the same time the shoot was happening, I realized how disconnected I felt from the bigger picture. For me, the bigger picture is that I work for an organization that enables individuals, departments and teams at organizations to learn. And that, is pretty amazing.