Today, during practice 57 with Lauren’s leaders, the team took the lead. They’ve done this now on consecutive practices. No surprise, these have been two of our best practices. Your best learning, remember, is when you take the lead, grab the reins, and decide what you want to learn with clarity around why it matters. Once you’ve got this clarity, a good teacher/builder/leader will show you how to go from A to B to C and eventually to Z. Most likely they will make you read some good, meaty books and then work with you to figure out the best way to turn your learning into productive action (PA).

We don’t get better at solving our leadership challenges by learning about them. We get better by applying our learning through action. Today, this team learned about resisting impulse and changing their explanatory style. We played the coffee and donut game which taught the team about learning styles – either intuitive or analytical. And, we finished practice 57 with the team learning more about learning styles – either verbal or visual.

Do you know how each of your teammates likes to learn, leader? Do you know whether your hard wiring tends toward intuitive or analytical? Are you aware of the way you explain good and bad events to yourself – your explanatory style? If you know this, friend, what PA (productive action) are you playing with to lean toward, lean against, and learn how to get the most out of yourself and each of your teammates?

Today, Simran, shared another bit of learning with her team of peers as we put a bow on practice. She was the one who helped Liz turn the light on regarding the solution to the coffee and donut problem. Simran explained the solution after two other peers had tried, logically but unsuccessfully, to help her understand. Simran’s explanation made next to no sense to all of us in the room. In fact, I was thoroughly confused after listening to her logic, if you can call it that. To all our surprise (besides Simran), Liz lit up after Simran’s solution. She got it. We had her play it back and, sure enough, she understood the solution to the problem. When I asked Simran what prompted her approach. She was ccd freakin’ magic.

“There is no point in explaining something the same way if she didn’t get it the first two times.” Simran was paraphrasing a little Einstein magic – “We cannot solve problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” These Simran sayings are becoming known around k-dev as Simran specials. What are you learning, leader, to build better teammates around you? Remember, every leader gets exactly the team she deserves. Want a better team? Become a better leader.

Simran solved the problem. She didn’t do it my way or her peers way. She got it done and we didn’t. Btw, this was only Simran’s third BTL team practice. She’s young in years and new to this high performing team of peers. Her lack of a filter, quick logic, and gifted intuition are something special. Yes, Simran is special. Good…

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