Posts in 'Transformational Leadership' category
How Are You Selling Possibility?
“I tend to get bogged down in the process of writing and editing these blog articles. It’s kind of a feeling like I’m turning them in for a grade so they need to be perfect up front. What I really want to do is just write and see what works and what doesn’t.”
Create Possibility, Create Potential
It may have been somewhat foretelling that I said this to Greg (Executive Coach and Transformational Leadership Instructor) the morning before our third Transformational Leadership class. His answer was along the lines of, “Yes, just write and we’ll produce good stuff.” That night we watched a video, ‘Leadership, the Art of Possibility’ – a short piece featuring Benjamin & Rosamund Zander. Rosamund is a Psychotherapist who wrote the book upon which the documentary is based. Together, the Zanders present twelve practices, based on Benjamin’s experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, to bring more creativity into our endeavors. One of their tenets is to give everyone in the class an A on the first day. As Zander says, “The A is a possibility to live into, not a standard to live up to.”
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Are You Creating Your Map to Becoming a Better Leader?
There was a point in time, way back, when I thought I had the potential for leadership. This was when I first read the book ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. It was a little over twenty years ago now. At that time, I was in the Navy and somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
A few things about that first reading have stuck in my mind since. The first was the notion of walking through one city using the map of another. The idea was that you might be in the right place but using the wrong principles or priorities (the wrong map). Second, was how difficult it was to comprehend many of the ideas. Creating a personal mission statement seemed appealing but I found it difficult to wrap my head around how mine could be unique.