I love visioning exercises. As a strategic planner, I have had the pleasure of facilitating the creation of amazing practical vision statements – for events, programs, departments, etc. Without exception, everyone who participates is energized, motivated, and deeply connected to the possibilities of the group’s dream. Implicit within the vision, the group’s values are beautifully articulated. It is a singular moment in the life of the group. It represents collaboration, consensus, communication, and creativity in a unique and powerful way. It builds community and fosters understanding.
In the intricate partner dance of tango, dancers start by building a vocabulary of steps and creating small combinations. Then it is practice, study, refine, and practice for hours, days, months, and years on end. With each practice, each dancer gains a deeper understanding about how best to articulate the body while in motion, wordlessly communicate movement ideas to their partner, and explore different expressions of energy to convey meaning. As skill and technique become more refined, steps have greater strength, shape, and definition. The dance takes on an effortless quality. The dancers appear to move as one, gliding around the dance floor.
I am a learning and development specialist and have worked with many different types and sizes of organizations during the last 20 years. Somewhere along the line, all of them have experienced mission drift, entrenched business practices, inadequate resource allocation, and/or archaic management structures. As a planner, I have found that using metaphors is a very effective way to begin discussions on solutioning specific obstacles.
I am in a sentimental mood today. And I really didn’t expect that this story would be my very first post on my journey’s blog. But life is like that sometimes.
I have been listening to some beautiful and truly heart-wrenching music – wordless music that speaks of the relationship between two lovers – the euphoria, the fire, the pain, the sorrow, the death, and finally, the wondrous transformation. It is music that takes me on a journey to the most intimate parts of my heart and exposes it to a light bathed in glorious sound.