Everyone has dived at least once in their lifetime. Some we can’t remember as we were just a fetus by then, some we can, like descending our head under the water level in the bathtub when we were a child. It is a mind blowing experience! It varies for each individual how deep they can handle or how often they seek to dive when they become older.
This is not only about the genes or how crazy we are but also the passion that is coming through our reptile brains. Let me be a bit more clear and relate this with our experiences at MIT before you close the browser.
Framing the subject, although necessary in order to achieve results, can be extremely dangerous. Diving actually tells us even the world we live in is a frame itself and all the results that we come up with are based on some assumptions.
We take these assumptions as reference points and call them “standards” then by using these standards we take some decisions to proceed in one direction, if others don’t follow or oppose we punish or isolate them, if they follow, we award them and try to create a common “culture” where no one remembers why/when/how we have those standards and which assumptions(sacrifices) we made in order to achieve a result in the first place…
Did you ever met with a top-notch local diver teacher at a small town?
He/She is probably the best leader you can ever met. Doesn’t necessarily make millions but he saves lives each day without even operating on people… Just by leading.
By the way, he trains us at land with words, but underwater he is leading only by signs.
Please try this only one day back at your workplace, try to lead people in a way that their lives are under threat, but they still follow you even when you are not talking…
– “People won’t give power voluntarily”
– “In cultural organizations, Action comes through habits”
– “Engineers like MIT and you need to like engineers to teach @MIT… ”
– “Conflict is not bad by itself, it is what we do with it”
– “It is better to assign power to group thinking if you already know the answer
… To be Continued