Facilitating Learning and Leadership

I taught at a statewide conference last week.  Or,  I facilitated learning for the 40 people in my section of the ballroom.  It was content I had taught a few times before, new format, new slides and a new audience.  About 3 minutes into facilitating this learning, I realized the head of this statewide organization was going to be in my room for two days.   Thud.        After finding my notes and looking at my slides I realized I would just have to turn those nerves into energy.  I had to find a way to include everyone in the room, statewide leader included.

These kinds of moments always make me think about anyone brave enough to lead, a young person, a new teacher, a college senior, a parent, the sales person trying to find the right mummy bag for a tent in Haiti (even when its 10 degrees f at the store).

It takes a special kind of depth to really lead.  It is hard to stay true to ourselves, to be ourselves, to speak our truth, articulate a vision.  When we see that leadership we can find a way to add to that vision and add.  We can lift it up. We can support.   We can add other thoughts.  We can invite others to add their frame.  Continue the learning.

The next day I ran across this leadership article: http://blogs.forbes.com/frederickallen/2011/03/13/google-figures-out-what-makes-a-great-boss/

Among other things, it lists out what makes a great boss, according to Google Employees, it lists:

1. Be a good coach.
2. Empower your team and don’t micromanage.
3. Express interest in team members’ success and personal well-being.
4. Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented.
5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
6. Help your employees with career development.
7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
8. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team.


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