You must break traditions to create anything new.

17 03 2016

“Create your own method.  Don’t depend slavishly on mine.  Make up something that will work for you!  But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.” ~ Constantin Stanislavski

The famous theater director and acting teacher had it right.  He could teach people about acting in general, but they had to perform their own role in their own way.  He couldn’t act FOR them, he could only give them tips and tricks on what to do when presented with a certain acting situation.  By definition, the only way to create something new is by breaking traditions.

That’s what I’m striving to do here.  I can’t tell you how to manage your team, as each team is made up of different types of people, who need different types of things from you at different times.  I can use this daily forum to tell you how you MIGHT react (or pro-act) to certain situations.  I can give you a few tools that you can choose from when something unexpected happens.  I can show you what NOT to do, using myself (mostly) as the bad example.  But when the rubber hits the road, you are going to have to stare a new, gray situation in the eyes, and figure it out yourself . Don’t be too hard on yourself if you occasionally get it wrong.  That’s been known to happen.  Take any feedback you can get, resolve to do better, dust off, and get back in the saddle.  And please, if you break traditions (but not corporate/HR policies!), and get a new, good leadership method out of it, share the knowledge!

Speaking of begging…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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