In spite of the ugly silence here – I am actually making progress.
The new shoes are great, and in the tango development I have made my first forays into the great mystery of the milonga.
The milonga is like tango on crack. Way too fast and tippy for any grand circles or gestures.
The milonga is like leadership in a crisis or in rapid change; No time to explain or lead into long sways of eights – only small steps and quick little movements, progression in small increments.
Beginning with milonga a few weeks ago, and being a brutish rude in tango itself – I actually find the higher pace itself liberating. In tango – as in my normal leadership – I tend to over think and over analyse. Here I only have time to react and implement.
Interesting and frustrating at the same time…
OK. So my new tango practice shoes are not blue, nor are they suede.
But they just arrived. Mine all mine. Jet black, with antracite felt on the soles.
And just like my old shoes - they simply cannot pretend to be anything other than dancing shoes (although I had one of my neighbours believe the old shoes were some sort of advanced climbing shoes from my past – though only for a few days).
When I give lectures on leadership and self motivation, or during leadership development programmes, I often get asked to give some quick advice on easy ways to get motivated and easy ways to succeed.
Recently I have begun answering that with: “The easiest way is to work really really really hard”.
It actually is.
The trick is to figure out the LEAST hard of all the hard ways to get motivated and succeed. And THAT is very individual, depending on all our different personalities.
So when I get back from my vacation come Monday – I will return to my own easy way of getting psyched and reaching my goals: By working very very very hard at it.
This has been a very long first half of 2012. Three kids and trying to start a new company with all the emotions around that. Not easy.
And learning to tango. Part frustration, part sanctuarial relief.
I will take a few weeks of vacation, and then come back with new ideas and new energy
I formally declare this great work week over. I now claim: Weekend!
(Note – picture taken at an earlier occasion. It is only a visual representation of what I really really really crave right now.)
Stop working. Go home. Hug your family.
I have climbed quite a bit over the years. Nowadays I only climb the career ladder
Climbing has given me many good memories, and a bunch of insights into my own limits and potential. And much like tango, it is still a strong source for reflecting upon my own leadership.
The following quote is by a much more accomplished climber, and the quote is actually often misattributed to Goethe.
It is one of my favourite quotes. Read it, and if you like it – share it.
“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
- William Hutchinson Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951)
I can recommend this playlist on Spotify. Something old, something new. Assembled by Daniel. Thanks!
Tangos para bailar
I will put together my own little playlist too.
But that is a treat for another night