Where are you? A note on teaching and engagement.

by Dave on June 2, 2010

A random perusal of my Twitter feed last night brought me to a blog by one of my teammates from ultimate.  She wrote about the need to really acknowledge where we’re at if we plan to move into the future.  I love how it was a deliberate message taught to her by a dance teacher.

This made me reflect on my teachers – I currently have two.  By coincidence, they are both martial artists and, by virtue, both incredible people.  Though their paths and histories have nearly crossed, to the best of my knowledge they’ve never met.

My Teachers
Jamen Zacharias
Jamen Zacharias
Founding Instructor of All Things Institute and Path of Rest
http://pathofrest.com
Fred Shadian
Fred Shadian
Martial Artist, Nutritional Microscopist, Coach and Expert Communicator
http://fredshadian.com

Jamen has spent much of the past two years teaching me how to teach and his counsel has been invaluable.

Fred has spent much of the past six months teaching me how to communicate effectively in a business setting.

What they have both taught me is to meet people where they were at because if I want to take them with me, we need can’t start in any other place.  I suspect that is what my teammate’s dance teacher was practicing when suggesting she do that, herself.

We can’t lead ourselves, or others, without defining where we are and getting going is always a work in progress that starts with one step and is followed by one more…

  • http://www.kempedmonds.com Kemp

    Great post. I agree with you that our teachers are all over the place but the most valuable insight for me here is:

    “We can’t lead ourselves, or others without defining where we are and getting going is always a work in progress that starts with one step and is followed by one more…”

    Reminds me of “What about Bob?” with Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray:

    “Baby steps, baby steps…”

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