Sunday, June 20, 2021

The water is always deeper than what it reflects (Marty Rubin)

Confucius once said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

This blog deliberately contains my reflections. Gaining wisdom is a cumulative thing.

Recently I had to complete a PechaKucha (Japanese for 'chit-chat', it's a storytelling format where a presenter shows, in this case, 10 PowerPoint slides for 10 seconds of commentary each). 

Mine and a dozen others' attempts were used to launch a recent meeting of our organisation's Senior Educational Leadership Team meeting.

It was interesting seeing what people focused on. There were pictures of past haircut travesties that got laughs, images of pets and possessions, symbolic images from our past and interests, family shots of grand children, children and spouses, and there were pictures of employment histories.

What I noticed over and over was how much the 10 slides and 10 second commentary, the form and content, revealed about the personality of each participant.

That was, of course, the overt aim of the exercise - to introduce ourselves in this brief but revealing way. But it also worked on other, unintended, levels.


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