Saturday, August 01, 2009

How's Your "I" Sight?

Back in 2006 I finally took the leap and had lasik surgery to correct my vision, which had been poor since I was in 3rd grade. I remember the first speech I gave on the Monday after my surgery. I called it "I Can See Clearly Now" and I used all the metaphors I could think of that married vision and leadership. It went over quite well.

In the Master Mind groups I facilitate, I hear time and time again about the things participants don't like - government, education, bosses. But that doesn't last long in those settings, because we are dedicated to standing for what we DO want, as opposed to complaining about what we DON'T want.

So I've been thinking again about the vision metaphor and am now in the process of taking it to the next level by creating a leadership immersion experience for leaders who are ready, once and for all, to transform their results and focus on what they DO want.

The class is called "Transforming Your Leadership I-Sight" and here is a synopsis:

Our conditioned reactions produce most of the results we get in our lives. Since we spend most of our waking hours at work, it stands to reason that the way we are at work translates to the way we are at home. If you have a bad day at work, you may find yourself taking that frustration out on your family when you get home. What's going on here?

There's more than meets the EYE, but most of the time we don't want to meet the I.

We just can't see that when we HAVE problems, we ARE the problem.

When we are blind to the problem (we turn a blind eye/I), all the solutions we can think of to address that problem will actually make the matter worse. We look outside ourselves for "the answer," not realizing that the only answer is in us.

As leaders, we are most effective when we make matters BETTER, not worse. If we are not awake to the I, we will actually undermine our own objectives.

The results we create, produce and allow in our lives are in the I of the beholder.

This immersion experience will enliven the desire for teamwork, enhance individual accountability, magnify the capacity for achieving results, and deepen satisfaction and happiness.

There is no painless quick fix to the problem, but there is a painful quick fix: Meet the I.

Painful does not mean bad. Coming out of your comfort zone is going to be uncomfortable, but it means you're growing.

I know the benefits of taking the leap into the unknown of higher awareness - I've experienced and witnessed them. But I'm not sure about the marketing of this experiential learning. Any ideas to invite leaders to meet the I?

If not now, when? If not you, who?


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