Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Nutcracker - Part 2




If you read my blog yesterday, you'll recall that I shared with you my experience of going to see The Nutcracker ballet on Saturday.  It obviously had an impact on me as I find myself writing about it again today.  While I was thinking about it I remembered that I'd not been to any ballet performances  until last year and now I find myself hooked and looking out for what I can see next.  And the reason I'm sharing this with you, is because it jogged my memory about some coaching I had once where someone told me that life is like one big experiment.  You choose different experiences in your life, different jobs, different relationships and of course different behaviours and ways of being you.  We can choose to experiment in these areas to find out what works for us and what doesn't.

We can get it into our heads that we can't change - that things are set in stone and that how we are is well just how we are.  Yet if we treat life as an experiment, we can always add new things to life and new ways of being.  The experiment is to find out what we like and what works well for us.  Hence I have experimented with adding watching ballet to my life and and I love it.  A friend of mine went to see an opera for the first time last year and found that it didn't float her boat, so she won't be going again.  These are small examples of ways of experimenting but we can also apply these same principles to who we want to be and how we choose to behave. When working with organisational leaders I often ask them to experiment and try out a new behaviour.  It might be that they will experiment with a different way of communicating or that they try a different way of working with their teams.  These leaders often give it a try and if it works well for them or they see a positive impact from the new behaviour - they decide to continue with it. 

I think it's a good way to look at life and a way which doesn't pressurise you or get you to make a massive commitment to something.  After all if you experiment and you don't like the result, then you can just revert back and if you experiment and you love the result, then you can just keep at it.  Just like me and the ballet.   

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