The circle of breath on the window belongs to a keen observer.  A young boy watches prospector after prospector walk down the street below, straight to the small outpost to trade in what they found for cash.  The path is well worn, as the prospectors plod, heavy footed and weary after their labour.

One night, it snows.  The young boy wakes up, and looks out the window to a magical sight.  A pristine fall of snow lies gently on the street below, gently calling to the boy to make the most of the opportunities it brings.

The boy bounces down the stairs and jumps out into the street.  He smiles, and zig zags his way up and down the street humming happily to himself.  The sunlight twinkles on the snow, and after a little time the boy goes upstairs, content in the joy of playing.

He settles at the window, and watches as the first prospector appears.

The prospector smiles, as he is faced with an interesting choice.

Does he follow the path he always travels to the outpost, or does he zig zag like the boy?

You’ve guessed it……

The boy watches in amusement, as the prospector, with a smile and a light step dances happily down the zig zag path to the outpost.

This story is one shared by Moera Saule in Erickson coaching training. (Thank you Moera).

Peoples own experience is much more convincing than anything you say (Milton H. Erickson)

The secret of change according to Milton H Erickson, is to provide options that allow people to chose new experiences that allow for change. Experience trumps theory.

Pace and Lead

Great Entrepreneurs, Salespeople, Teachers, Learners, Leaders and great human beings generally take time to have interesting experiences, and to gain deep empathy for the experiences of others.  Like the little boy who understands from watching the path the prospectors travel, and their normal footsteps (he “Paces” them), we can do that for those we serve.

Once we deeply observe and understand, even unconsciously, what our learners, or customers or reports experience, then we have the possibility to create choices for new experiences.  Like the little boy who puts down the zig zag path for the prospectors, we can “lead” those we serve to decision points where they can choose for themselves new options.

The little boy was playing innocently and with fun, and the result of playing, was it gave the prospectors the chance to play a new game as well, if they want to.  They can always follow the original path.

The secret of change is to create options for new experiences, and make the new experiences fun, for ourselves, and for others.

What do you think?