Exercise is to create an exercise

So many times, I luck out and fall into a wonderful idea.  This is one of those times.  As someone came to my desk for our 1-1, I realized I had not prepared what exercise we would do next. I was unprepared which is a no-no that I’ve expressed but hey, I’m human.

So as this realization swept over me, I first apologized.  Then an idea popped into my head.  Why do I have to come up with an exercise?  So I asked, “Would you be interested in deciding the next exercise for 1-1s?” The answer was yes.  SWEET!

When they came back, they shared an idea that was absolutely fantastic. However, the idea itself is not the point of this post.  Instead, it was what they experienced in order to determine an exercise.  What would it be? Why would it be beneficial?  How would it work?  Are there challenges to be considered?

So often as leaders we set the example by doing but not everything we do is visible.  The preparation for 1-1 exercises is one of those situations. This approach opened that door to learning and understanding the entire process, not just the exercise lesson(s).

So I had a new 1-1 exercise…for each person to create an exercise to do. I’m sure there will be plenty of pros/cons that I learn after several people do this exercise but that I welcome.

What might you think are some pros/cons for this?

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