Roots-Trees-Forest

That’s a mantra I heard from a speaker at our last conference. The talk was about leadership. So simple and clear. A good leader has to see the roots, the trees and the forest. Got it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Something about the idea bothered me.
It’s a perfect concept for leadership. Don’t be stuck in the weeds. Don’t get bogged down by the minutiae.
Except that for events it’s all wrong. An event is all about the roots. The dirt. The seed. You start at the top and then you deconstruct.
You focus on every little detail.
Minutiae is my life.
You know that expression “stuck in the weeds”? I’m living in the weeds. So for all you future event planners out there – here’s the truth – Events is weeds, roots and dirt. You’ll be in it. All the time. Knee deep.
I should be a motivational speaker.
I get very reflective on 5 hour flights to the West Coast.
Here’s what I saw outside my window while writing this. Forget the roots – I’m up in the clouds. Oh the irony.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kerry's Organized Chaos
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 07:28:28

    So true! Life is all about getting down and dirty!

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  2. Musings from a Tangled Mind
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:56:59

    I love the photo! You take such great shots! But I also love the concept of being up in the clouds. I think that’s a great place to be. And being up in the clouds allows you to see all the details you need to keep track of!

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