Shootings of children. The Fiscal Cliff. The 2012 appocalypse. There are plenty of news items to keep you out of the holiday spirit. However, if you open yourself up to possibilities you never know what gifts life will send your way.
Here is one gift I received very unexpectedly just this week.
You can read more in the article, however I did take away several lessons. Here are additional points for our Align People readers:
- Someone instilled in them a passionate purpose for singing. Are you doing the same for your "alignees"?
- They each know they have a part and that others depend on them to deliver their part. The peer pressure is very big in this group...or any good musical group. They listen for each other and they listen to the one sound made from the blending of voices. If anything is out of sorts, they adpat and adjust - without being told.
- Courage comes from leadership within the group...when it is allowed to emerge. This group performed just fine without their formal leader. All of the work they did preparing to perform allowed them to do so without any of their usual resources. You wil notice in the video that leadership switches and is shared by at least two people in the group. They know how to give and take. They know when to lead and when to follow.
- Courage to perform comes from successful practice. They could do this because they spent hours and hours practicing, reading the music, breaking it down into parts and then reassembling the parts into the one sound. And they practiced again.
- Feedback should be delightful for the giver as well as the receive. In the end, this high performance team worked for one thing...the joy of performance. Appreciation from others is that extra bit that excites the soul, knowing that someone else experienced the same joy you were trying to bring. They could appreciate their own work in alone in a room...but how much greater is the impact when this crowd heaped praise on them? If you are not giving positive feedback for moments of success - you are missing the least expensive, yet most effective alignment tool - your appreciation.
What lessons would you take from this?