The unapologetic, raw, unedited interpretation of living life. Each of us is the artist of our own life, constantly remolding, reworking, and roughing out the details and applying what we've learned to the changing canvas. There are no do-overs, no take backs...just rough cuts that release what lies inside us.

I saw the angel in stone and I carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

Monday, May 9, 2011

Unpacking the Tool Box - 2

What are your tools?  One of the most overlooked steps in getting started as a leader, or as an artist, is knowing what tools are in your toolbox.  Could you be a painter and not have your paintbrush...maybe, but you need to dig deeper into your ingenuity to really pull it off.  Our tools tell us about what we have to offer others, and that can be really useful and the path to discovering which tools best allow you to release your inner potential can be an amazing journey. 

Our tools, once defined, also begin to tell us an incredible amount of information about what we need and what we need to say "no" to.  Let's revisit the painter analogy:  A painter knows that his most useful tool may be his paint and as we mentioned, that necessitates a means by which to apply it to the canvas.  In his toolbox, he would NEED a paintbrush, possibly a pallet and an easel.  If this painter had a lump of clay and heavy carving tools, he might become bogged down by the weight of carrying something that is not going to be useful to him as he develops his talent.  At this point, he can continue to carry it or he can experience unloading excessive weight.

We don't all have the same tools, and maybe some of us are carrying what we do not really need to be successful at our art.  This comes out of the need for a variety in leadership.  Just as their is appreciation for different types of art, dependent upon how we interpret our world.  Artistic leaders recognize there is a need for specialist leadership, dependent upon who we are leading and who is best equipped to lead a particular person or group of people.

What is in your tool box?  What would your specialty be?  A sculptor, a painter, a writer, a designer...the possibilities are endless in creating a following that is diverse as it is united by appreciation and excellence.

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