So I figured that Pat Bassett’s workshop on “Leading from the Middle,” would be a sure hit, and I was right. He’s the kind of guy you just want to have dinner with because he’s seems so himself, so comfortable in what he knows and what he doesn’t, and so able to teach through his own experiences in a way that never seems self-satisfied or boastful. Pat used the “dancing guy” YouTube video clip to illustrate how to start a movement and cultivate followers, and he talked some about power. My favorite part of what he offered was advice on not “taking the monkey.” You know this situation where someone asks if you have a minute and then presents a problem they have, which they wish in telling you to pass on to you for solving? He gave leaders permission to not take that monkey from this person’s back, but to instead offer an ear for their own problem solving solutions. What a concept.
Lessons on Leadership February 26, 2011