As I am about to embark on another day of Xmas catchups
And engaging in discussions with those who’s energy is rampant for want of a better word
I am reminded of a student I had many years ago…
I was Head of a School of Business and ran a Graduate Certificate program
The unit that they all had to do, was ‘Innovation’
How it messed with their grey matter 🙂
Thinking outside the box – yet not reinventing the wheel….
Now to the student…
When I first met her she was very proper – yet she had this cheeky smile
Through the semester I noticed she always remained reserved
Yet always a demure smile on her face
When it came to a few days before the final assessment presentation,
She asked if she had to actually stand and present.
I said that as long as she presented her assessment
It didn’t actually ‘say’ how or whom
Such relief I saw in her face.
Her Innovations assessment
‘What the Duck’.
Well it was a fabulous play on words as the company logo was a bathtub duck.
I can tell you – she had our attention !
She had her moment where she let her perfectly recorded presentation
Speak for itself
And it was so clever and fun
And very insightful
I always kept a copy as it reminds me of the following :
It is better to have people wondering
And don’t telegraph everything early
You will have your moment
If it is truly yours to have
And you will be remembered for its perfect timing
Rather then the ongoing fanfare
with which you ran your days along the way.
So as I embark on another day of fun and fanfare
And social connections
I may sit and ‘think’ ‘What the Duck’
Yet I will respond rather then react
When it is appropriate
In my on way
And make it innovative
And come out knowing I gave what was needed and nothing more
And by doing so in a more peaceful and gentle way
Going with the flow
And hopefully, leave a lasting impression