Sketches on Leadership
A fantastic time was had by all who participated in a live course on Leadership organized by Seth Godin on February 18, 2016.
This course was organized to benefit +Acumen. You can take the course privately here.
Since I am always practicing how to represent things visually, I decided to sketch while I took the course. If you talk with me on the phone, there is often a visual mind map of the conversation being sketched.
There were thirty seconds to one minute available for each sketch.
A number of my classmates told me to post the sketches here. They are woobly. Maybe that makes them more fun for you as it did for them.
The live class format on Slack was so energizing, my brain kept me up most of the night after.
At the beginning of the class when talking about worry, I shared a technique:
- When worried, say, “Thank You mind, but I would rather appreciate something right now.”
- At that moment, find something to appreciate — anything. Pencils. Paper. Plants. Forks. Dinosaurs. Children. The vast network of servers that makes so many things happen. Cowboys. Pencils. Pickles. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111.
- When worried, start at one again.
Writing about your fears can help you get over The Chasm of Fear.
Leaders paint a picture and have to be willing to be exposed. They focus on what needs to be there, and then they create new strategies to get there.
Be true to your culture. Hire people who fit into the right holes.
People want to be seen needed, present, trusted, and respected.
Remember Rule Number 6.
Stay calm and don’t take yourself so seriously.
Authority vs. Responsibility. People with authority have badges, guns, and towers. People who take responsibility usually have none of the above and take the initiative to do what needs to be done.
Nothing succeeds with everyone.
Something will always not work.
Someone will always say no.
Leaders have to be okay with looking Certain Failure right in the eyeball.
Being a leader is personal and it is not personal.
It is personal because you have to care enough to put things on the line.
It is not personal when your idea, tactic, approach, or strategy fails.
You, yes you, can be a leader. You don’t need any special sauce.
Three questions you ask yourself as a leader.
Learned from a battleship captain who wrote a book.
I took away more than this, but this was what I had time for in the sketches.
Use these images as you wish.
Do something cool for +Acumen and/or have me help you create clearer understandings with images like these and/or a painting for a loved one.
If you or someone you know wants to connect with me further, my web site is www.christinemarsh.com Visualization and Fine Art.