A few years ago I was invited to participate in a particular kind of leadership training program. It wasn’t cheap, the cost to attend, but the invitation appealed to my ego, since those invited included some notable “movers and shakers” in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Participants represented the business and professional sector, others engaged in various public service roles (elected or otherwise), non-profit organizations and the “faith based” community–the last of which I was considered to be a representative.
Besides the plenary sessions in which all of us were involved–calling this segment a “lecture” isn’t quite right, since it also included various multi-media presentations and large-group exercises and discussions–we were randomly assigned to an assortment of small groups.
The group I was assigned to, similar to the others, it consisted of roughly eight persons, including both men and women. And each group was tasked with selecting a “service project” to implement in the community.
That’s when I began to have “flash-backs.” Anyone who has ever been to school has likely had to participate in various “group projects.” And the same is usually characteristic of other kinds of educational or training experiences, not to mention how what I’m describing is not uncommon in this or that work or professional association and involvement.