…workshop, seminar, forum, class, lab, teambuilding event or training you may have been “sent to” or otherwise experienced.
Nothing against workshops, they have an important role — I’ve been to some great ones.
You know the drill. Nearly all workshops are focused on imparting information or building a skill – on answering a “how to” question. Workshops are usually led by a talking head. There is often a workbook or handout from a powerpoint deck for taking notes and following along. In the best workshops you come away with great content and a presenter who is interesting to listen to. Sometimes they ask thought-provoking questions, too, but they are generally rhetorical as a transition technique for maintaining flow. Some workshops feature breakout discussions to talk about application of the content being discussed. Most workshops have a start and they have an end, and upon completion sometimes you receive an accreditation or continuing education credit.
So what makes BUILT TO LEAD team practices different?
Let’s start with the purpose, which is to awaken, challenge and together transform a few leaders, teams and individuals into ONE – one distinct AND deeply connected – one BUILT TO LEAD. Increasing oneness is our deliverable – increasing oneness within, with each other, with a team and its leaders, and with the overarching vision for “why” the team exists. This is why practice is not optional for the leader – the leader must set the edge and set the tone by their own commitment and engagement.
Practice is not an event, it’s a process. It’s a framework which never ends. Practice is second nature for the military, for sports teams, for the entertainment industry, and for the performing arts. Practice is the road to mastery, and there are no shortcuts. In business, practice is the uncommon practice of extraordinary teams led by extraordinary leaders.
There is content in practice, but the content is provided by the participants. The facilitator is there to run practice according to an intentional framework which makes teammates think, write, challenge self-limiting beliefs, discover self-freeing disciplines, and gain more clarity and alignment in why they are here, who they are, and how they live and work. We study, learn and apply the principles of pursuing a labor of love, of replacing fear, of embracing learning through failure, of succeeding without becoming complacent, of challenging out of belief not frustration, of mastering Dream & Do and “together we improve” – not settling for going it alone.
This is why whether you are on Practice #1 or Practice #274 there is sometimes something new and always many reminders.
Many companies send their teams to various workshops. Few leaders give their teams the gift of practice.
Only a few will become BUILT TO LEAD.