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Naked Leader Week – 248 – Monday 10 March 2008
Leadership from a different perspective – Chris Stanley
There isn’t one
At the end of events, I sometimes do a “Magic Minute” – people ask any question, written on a piece of paper, anonymously, and I have just one minute to answer. After they have written it, I apologise, telling them I forgot to mention that they, too, will answer it.
Sometimes, of course, people select their own question to answer!
This happened on Friday – one of the attendees, Chris, had written his question on completely different paper to everyone else – needless to say, we made sure he answered his own question, last.
Just before I unfolded the paper to read out the question, another delegate said:
“Why don’t you give the answer – and we will have a go at guessing the question?”
And so, he (Chris) sat there and said
“There isn’t one”
Everyone had one go at suggesting the question, including:
“What’s the shelf-life for this stuff?”
“What’s the big secret?”
“What’s the biggest barrier?”
I then unfolded the paper and read Chris’s own question
“What’s the Catch?”
Yes, I know the answer did not last a minute (it actually lasted three seconds) – what an answer, though!
All I added was this – “there isn’t one, unless you choose there to be”
As I wrote at the end of The Naked Leader Experience, Choice 22
“So, you can stop searching for the magic, the miracle, and the magnificent in life:
You’ve found it. You are it. And now, right now, you decide:
“Life’s a bitch and then you die”
“Life’s a wonder, and now you live”
Thank you Chris