Friday, June 27, 2008

Teaching by letting people do

Just got in from a concert in a beautifully ornate hall with great
acoustics here in Vienna. A crowd of tourists heardfine musicians play
Mozart while dressed in sort of silly period costumes.

It was really quite marvellous and way more fun than I had expected.

The conductor got the audience clapping under his direction during
several pieces. He let them do what they wanted to do - to applaud and
participate - and as a result he had the chance to teach them subtle
lessons about how to listen and how to take direction.

I wonder who I would lead better if I started by letting them do
something they want to do anyway.

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