A few months ago, I attended a workshop on leadership development. We were given this glossy page, filled with a 6×6 grid of boxes that had words in them like grit, thoughtfulness, and perspective. I wasn’t sure if it was a test or some terrible icebreaker. The man in charge told us that we had 60 seconds to remove 20 boxes that didn’t resonate with who we are as a person. I immediately started scanning the page, slashing ink through words like empathy, listening, and sharing. Time was called and a mild wave of relief spread across the room.
I began to think “What if we have to share the unmarked boxes? How will others perceive…” Too late. I heard the voice on the microphone say, “30 more seconds and you must remove ten more boxes that represent who you are the least”. With no time to dwell on the social and professional consequences of my answers, I dove back in and began crossing off words. I whittled the boxes down to six. Continue reading The Joy Of The Lord