The cherub faces in my leadership class looked up, all smiles, ready to take notes, write down all the answers.
“Why are you here?” I asked.
“Well, to listen and learn,” came a response from the back.
“Listening to me will not make you a more effective manager,” I replied. “What I have to say is only my understanding, for me.” I stopped. “So, how will you learn? Listening to me will not make you a more effective manager. Reading my blog will not make you a more effective manager. How will you learn?”
There was an uncomfortable silence. Sometimes silence does the heavy lifting.
“What you learn will only get started in this room. The real learning happens outside of this room, when you take the words and try them out in your own problems and decisions. My understanding means nothing (except to me). What is your understanding?