Join Derrick Cobb and Drew Paroz on a journey to become better leaders by traveling through fantastic worlds and inspiring lore. We connect leadership concepts to story contexts because it sticks to our brains better.
Avatar Pt. 1: What to Do When the Map in Your Head Doesn't Align with Reality
Indiana Jones Pt. 2: How to Integrate Conflicting Skillsets
Like Indiana Jones at the end of The Last Crusade, we all want to be the type of hero that can pass the trials when they inevitably come and save the day. But Indy can't pass those tests without his father Henry's wisdom and we as magnanimous leaders we know that it's not about us, it's about others. So how might we equip our team to pass the trials when it's hard to know when the trials will come or what trials we might face? To navigate that sort of uncertainty and challenge requires both generalist and specialist skill sets working in unison. To get to the Holy Grail we need to be able to integrate generalist skills like Indy's ability to adapt to change or fight his way out of a crowded room with specialist skills like Henry's knowledge of ancient civilizations and texts. Only then can the team pass the trials and accomplish the mission, becoming a bit more magnanimous along the way.
Indiana Jones Pt. 1: What to Do When You Only Have Half a Map
It's time to begin a new series on WonderTour. This time we are talking about Map-making and what better place to start than Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Navigating a complicated world takes all kinds of skills but one of the most under-rated is Map-making. While few maps are 100% accurate, many are useful. There are a plethora of different types of maps that we can make and use depending on the type of situation we find ourselves in, but one thing is clear, without a map it's hard to progress the story. In The Last Crusade, Indy only has literally half of a map and has to navigate to the fabled Holy Grail and doesn't this feel like the type of uncertainty we experience every single day. Join us as we follow Indy and his father on an adventure and learn how we too can navigate without half a map.
(Brian Nutwell steps in to fill Derrick's seat today)
Stranger Things Pt. 2: How to Have Compassion On Those Above and Below You
It's hard enough to have Compassion on our peers but how do we have Compassion on those above us and below us in the organization chart? All too often we hear blaming and conjecturing but rarely does an executive take action and have Compassion on the grassroots or does a citizen have compassion on their public servants. To put it in Stranger Things terms, it takes a lot of energy to create a gate between the layers of an organization and most often we aren't willing to do it. By looking at how in Stranger Things S1E5 the children work together with their teacher, Mr. Clarke, we can start to see how we, as magnanimous leaders, can become the flea to the acrobat, able to collaborate between the layers and create gates so that others can traverse those dimensions as well.
Stranger Things Pt. 1: How to Have Compassion on Someone We Don't Agree With
We would all probably say that we want to be compassionate people. But what do you do when you don't agree with the person you are trying to have compassion on? In Stranger Things S1E5, the Flea and the Acrobat, the children learn a lesson in compassion as they search for the Hawkins Lab. El manipulates the compass to try to keep them safe but Lucas uncovers her secret and and calls her out causing a fight. Having compassion on each other breaks through the personal conflicts and allows the team to eventually save Will and accomplish their mission.
Obi-Wan Pt. 2: How to Make the Small Pains of Life Meaningful
Energy management is one of the most challenging parts of being a functioning member of the world, much less a magnanimous leader. When the weight of the world feels too heavy to bear it can seem like the only reasonable option is to, like Obi-Wan, close ourselves off from those who need us most. Our energy stores get diminished and the return-on-investment of compassion makes it hard to justify. That's where the upside-down magic of compassion flips the script on energy drain. By giving up our time and energy to those who can offer us nothing in return we make way for growth in others and in ourselves.