The term “entrepreneur” is becoming synonymous with a fearlessness in taking the next step, be it in business, the arts, urban planning, engineering and the sciences. Fascinating piece about Mark Rabineau, a cultural entrepreneur who is spearheading a program to train musicians for the world we live in – diverse, disruptive, uncertain. One of his guest lecturers is the cellist Yo-Yo Ma whose ever-expanding repertoire spans classical, jazz, Americana, pop and — my personal favorite – Sinatra. I’ve never heard Ma labelled a jack-of-all-trades, a generalist or a dilettante. Because he’s made each of these classifications his own: the music is his, not vice versa.
I’ve been thinking about this balance between experimentation and mastery. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to apply Liberating Structures in any meaningful way. But I look forward to
doing so soon. This representation of an LS work session (right) shows how a team approached a backlog issue. I want to compare it with the Agile folks’ approach the same kind of problem. LS recommends a long butcher-roll paper stretched across a wide space for participants to mark their own thoughts and ideas. It’s reminiscent of a Sunni Brown doodle-thinking tool, executed on a the scale of a group. Then, how do you to take the idea to the executive team?
Here’s what I’m learning: Tap into other disciplines. Find your tool set. Stay open and work hard. Look for opportunities to practice and experiment.