2013年11月19日火曜日

The Power of "Learn by Doing" -- If you can Climb a rock, you are a great leader --


Have you ever experienced an adventure in nature? Do you believe this will change and enhance your leadership skills?Last August, we went to one of these very unique workshops with Sekiguchi-san, who works with Outward Bound Impact Japan. What we did was rock climbing.

No one had experience in this kind of activity, nor did we have knowledge of bouldering. Surprisingly however, what Sekiguchi-san did was to give us one simple instruction, "go ahead, please start your journey"...

 First, we were overwhelmed by taking a glance at the huge rock, and as we started attaching our body to it, the mind literally went into panic. This seems to be too much a task to overcome with our current skills.


"Okay, if everyone can do this, I should be able to "... the mind simulates the route to take, but once you get stuck, power is lost just trying to stay where you are in the middle of the rock. Muscle aches, anxiety comes to its peak. "Oh, god this is really impossible!" "Why didn't he give any instructions, this is insane" "My stamina is not enough... my shoes are not good for this..." "I'm a coward if I stop here""How awful I am!" The mind start to become loud, and as this happens, power leaks away from your limbs.

But, after this wave of panic and the peak of anxiety, you will experience a silence in your mind. You start trusting your team holding your rope, be courageous to reach for a little far step, then you feel your body coming together, breathing along with the rock that you are climbing. In the end everybody was able to climb up and down safe.


What does this kind of experience mean?
Sekiguchi-san says when you put yourself in a very extreme situation, you become aware of your inner "mental model", and experience to overcome them.


We hope to see this kind of leadership adventure activities to increase more in our country soon!


Eiichi Matsuda (translated by Mika Kojima)

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