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Yesterday, we joined few friends and went to see classical Indian music concert in London’s Barbican Centre. Zakir Hussain, in his 60s, is described as a "classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order". On Saturday, he was accompanied by and several younger instrumentalists playing a bamboo flute, sarangi, and several types of drums.
Zakir Hussein is a virtuoso, in the sense of doing something very few people can do - in his case, moving his hands on the tabla in such a way that this produces interesting sounds. For some reason, I am usually not very impressed by virtuosity. My main pleasure and joy from the concert was the the playfulness, the dialogue between players. In front of a sold out hall of 1900 people, there was call and response between Zakir and one of his colleagues, there were laughs, and smiles and a sense of ease and fun.
To give you an idea, an example recorded in France last year is here (especially from minute 15 onwards).
Few days ago, I was working for one afternoon with a small group of international senior executives on their persuasiveness and passion while presenting. They kept referring to “rule number 6”. Intrigued, I had to ask - they shared that it is a rule the main facilitator of their week-long training, Pierre, mentioned on day 1, inspired by Benjamin Zander, an orchestra conductor, author and speaker. Obviously, this resonated enormously with the participants, from Brasil, Netherlands, China or Indonesia.
Rule number 6 is: Do not take yourself too seriously! What are rules number 1 to 5? There are no rules number 1 to 5.
I am not sure if Zakir Hussein and his colleagues know rule number 6, if that is a conscious choice. And it definitely works for me - my only complaint is that the concert was too short!
What is it that the "simple" idea of not taking ourselves too seriously resonates so much? What does it really mean "do not take yourself too seriously"? Is it because this instruction provides a "gap" in our hurried reality? Is is because it includes the assumption that we are human, imperfect, vulnerable?
Eva Blechová facilituje, koučuje, napsala několik rozhlasových her a jednu disertaci. V současné době zkoumá tvořivost a tvořivé sebevědomí. Před tím vším vedla týmy jako Ředitelka kabinetu na Ministerstvu zahraničí a byla strategický konzultant v McKinsey & Co.
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Původně (v roce 2014) jsem psala blog (anglicky) jako sebe-povzbuzení pro psaní disertace. Teď (2017) píšu jako sebe-povzbuzení pro eventuální přetvoření disertace na knihu/pamflet/kurz/něco.