My life is not short of leaders. I have great leaders from my current boss, who is kind in her words but firm with her expectations, to my lead teacher Mrs. Rodriguez, who is creative and inspiring. I would have to say that my biggest role model would have to be Steven Furtick. He is actually younger then me but is one of the best leaders I have seen. What makes him so great in my eyes is not his perfection but his imperfection. Some people feel that to be admired that they have to look like the best and be the best. On the other had Real always beats out Fake. My goals after Full Sail are to be real in my projects as he is real in his. By showing my faults as well as my success in life I will be able to touch people much deeper. My personal dream for my life is to own my own business called Tobar Multimedia Productions. This company would be focused on bringing real solutions to real problems for our teens.
I have read the Secret and and I feel that the art of possibility has the same kind of feel to it. Both books I believe have some things correct and other things that are off in left field for me. It reminds me of the sketch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where they are trying to logically determine if the woman they have caught was a witch or not. After looking at everything as logically as they can the determine she is in fact a witch because she weights the same as a duck. Because they were correct in determining the woman was a witch they assume that the logic that brought them to this conclusion was also correct. This is a perfect example of how I felt reading both of these books. Yes it is good to forgive, but no a lie to yourself will only cause more harm later on.
Next month is the last month!! I am not sure how I feel about this. Hearing how things are going to work makes me feel a bit better. I am still worried about what will come next for me.
Using the We instead of I is a difficult thing to put into place in out life due to the constant use of the I in our own lives. Resolving conflict is an important thing to learn to do, but I fear what the negative of using the We would look like. Would it increase the resistance of others to separate the I from the We? Over all I think it will work however.
Anna Rose Post:
This is the most difficult post to write. I can’t even think of a title for it. I was touched and moved by so many things in the first 8 chapters of this book. The last four chapters did not touch me in the same way. I guess the one thing in those chapters that I found the most amazing was the comment by the student after hearing the history of Palestine. That exclamation of: “What a wonderful opportunity! What a privilege for both those peoples to share that land and that history!” was a great way of looking at a situation that has been volatile for years (page 182). Being able to look at the whole picture is a rare talent. It also takes an emotional distance that many people are unable to acquire. I don’t mean that someone has to be unemotional or cold to see the big picture, but that one needs to distance oneself from the situation to see what is best for the people involved. Everyone has this ability to a certain extent as long as the situation does not involve one’s family or close friends. I think this chapter is trying to convince people to step back from problems and look at it in a different way. Remove emotion from one’s response and think about what is happening not as who is right or wrong, but how does the events effect everyone involved. Because humans are emotional beings, I do not believe that this practice will be easy.
What a wonderful opportunity is a very strong statement for the Jews and Muslims to embrace. Charged by emotion it is almost imposable to get these groups to see any big picture. I have read a lot about the Jews in the old testament but have never looked into the history of the Muslims past Abraham. I would love to know what happed to them after Abraham told Hagar (I think that was her name) to leave. Still looking at the big picture is a very hard thing to do when the pieces on the board are changed with emotion. I think this was the hardest part of that chapter in the book for me to understand.
I was unable to make it to the live classroom meeting in GoToMeeting and so was able to share my written Leadership Project with two of my friends and colleges. My coworker Crystal Cervantes and my Church leader Tom Moffit were more then willing to provide me with helpful tips to improve my project.
When asked about my writing Crystal’s feedback focused on content. As a person who was not as familiar with my project as others she felt that there where parts of the writing that did not make sense to her because she did not have the background. Because I have been completely engrossed inside my work it was second nature to me what I was talking about, and so quickly saw the areas that needed more explanation. “You can’t expect everyone to know what you are talking about all the time. You need to walk us from the beginning to the end without skipping important details.”
Pastor Tom Moffit who was with me in much of the journey did not have trouble keeping up with my writing. On the other had he did want me to include our new plans to improve student attendance to the online environment. “Your conclusion is outdated. You need to bring it up to speed.”
VALUING THE OPINION OF OTHERS
by Stuart Greaves
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. As I am reading it is bringing to mind many things that I think are important and see them in the Christian worldview. As I continue to the read “The Art of Possibility”, what comes to mind is the recurring theme of humility, which I think is the source of true leadership and a mark of a good leader. One of the greatest challenges of a leader is the temptation to always lead with the strong foot forward.
When we lead with humility it fosters confidence and ownership. When we lead and not use those on our team as platform for us to stand on but rather to thrust them forward into their calling and purpose in live, it produces confidence because there is safety.
When the contributions of team members get considered, it produces ownership. Considering the contribution of team members reinforces and helps them with the practice highlighted in chs 1-4, ‘I am a contribution.”
I liked Zander’s statement when he said, “Gradually, when they trusted that I was genuinely interested in what they had to say, they began to support me, not by bolstering my authority, not me ego, but by giving recognition to my role as an essential conduit for full realization of the possibility of the music.” In my estimation this statement most clearly sums up the primary purpose of leadership.
HOW MUCH GREATNESS ARE WE WILLING TO EXTEND?
From a Christian worldview, I find that this is fundamentally one of the greatest questions we can ask. I believe that one of the primary purposes is that we exist for the greatness of others and their discovery of it and that our greatness partly lies in helping others discover theirs. The following might be a poor example however Mr. Holland’s Opus is somewhat of a picture of this to me. I saw him as a man who started out with his own ambitions as his primary pursuit only to discover that his purpose was to serve those around him, namely his family first and his students. This was something that was a struggle for him.
This seen in the primary pursuit his own dream as conductor at the expense of the dreams of those around him – namely his family.
However, in the end he had a host of learners who found themselves in life and in the end they gave him what he always wanted and he got his orchestra. Paul when he spoke to the Philippians, stated “3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Phil 2:3-4
The subject of humility is what makes the Person of Christ so beautiful to me and His leadership so remarkable. It is one of my favorite subjects to talk about.
As an example Jesus did the work of a slave to His disciples and said the following, “14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” Jn 13:14-17
DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY
Referring back to John 13one of things I see is that what Jesus’ serves His disciples, it was with the awareness of abundance given to Him by the Father; 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. Jn 13:3-4. It seems to me that there is a strong inter-connected between all of Zander’s practices so far. There is a connection between not taken ourselves seriously and humility. In order to take ourselves too seriously there are two conflicting dynamics in place.
- We have to see ourselves as possessing all the necessary ingredients to accomplish the task that is at hand whether, leading, teaching, problem-solving etc.
- The calculating self, which according to Zanders, “ … is concerned for its survival in a world scarcity.
“When we practice rule number 6, we coax this calculating self to lighten up, and by doing so we break its hold on us. The calculating self is concerned for its survival in a world of scarcity.” The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander
I believe that part of what help us not take ourselves so seriously is recognizing that the weight up the world is not upon our shoulders and that part of the universe of possibility includes the resources of the gifts and talents of those around us. It is this that can contribute to levity of heart producing humor and laughter.
Feel free to see an extra resource of a teaching video I did some time ago, part 2 of a three part series I did on the humility of Christ.
I loved your incite into the connection of Jesus Christ as servant of all. We are supposed to follow in his footsteps and help others reach their potential. How can we if we are ruling over our students. As the best teacher God not only tells us to do stuff, but also does them himself. He would not ask us to do anything he was unwilling to do. The idea of being a teacher then is to bring out the best in each person and not just to impart knowledge.