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Some call it being lost. Others call it a chance to be resourceful. For many, it is not a good place to be.I’ve come to believe that is an important component of the improvisational art of leadership work.  So here is a reflection (in the form of a poem) that I normally share with my students after a leadership simulation that test their emotional fortitude. I share it in hope that it will benefit those of us that like to be always in control.

When You Get Lost

Tell me what you do when you get lost

Tell me

Tell me what you feel

How things look to you

What happens in your head

What you say to yourself

Tell me

Can you see anything when you get lost

Can you hear what’s about you

Do you perceive life at all

Tell me

Tell me what scares you most when you get lost

Can you draw from deep inside

What you use to hold you up

Do you move yourself differently

Tell me

Tell me what you do to reach that special calm

Can you direct a prayer

When do you know to wait

When do you know to risk

Tell me

Tell me what you do when you get lost

Tell me

Then tell me How you know When you not lost no more

Tell me

-Carol Prejean Zippert