I love to create and facilitate training workshops, as much for what I teach as what I learn. Which brings me to Ms. Binder.
I’d done the Life Lenses™ assessment with an eclectic mix of professionals. The group knew which Lenses they’d self-assessed as and I was going through each lens, explaining them in detail and giving examples.
I’d gotten to the Carrot Life Lenses™, those who love systems and organizing. Carrots look down – their scope is narrow, focused and detailed.
All of a sudden a participant started laughing, saying ‘now I get it, I understand.’
Triumphantly she pulled out a large, very large binder from her bag and held it up. ‘This’ she said ‘is material from a course, a course that I didn’t even like. I didn’t like the content and I didn’t like how it was taught. Even so, I couldn’t help myself organizing the materials. They were out of sorts and all mixed up.’
With a flourish she pointed to the neat, new tabs, all brightly colour coded, forming an organized, colourful rainbow down the contents of the packed binder.
That’s a Carrot Life Lens™ for you. Systems and systematizing brings them ease and comfort. It’s as automatic as panting for a cold drink on a hot day, carrots can’t help themselves but to create systems.
Are you a Carrot Life Lens™? Or does the thought of organizing a binder fill you with dread. If so, perhaps you’re the opposite, a Mountain Life Lens™. That’s a story for the next blog post.