Earlier this month, I traveled to Davos, Switzerland to give the closing keynote at the Education First Global Leadership Summit. Nearly 2,000 students and teachers, from across the globe, gathered to discuss how to harness the power of communication to create meaningful change.
Long before an orchestra convenes for the first rehearsal, the sheet music is sent home to the individual musicians. Before they take the stage, each performer must spend time alone in a practice room, wrestling with the intricacies and nuances of their own part. Furthermore, to take the stage without first going to the practice room is to waste the attention of others on stage. For the conductor cannot guide the performer who has not first learned to guide themselves.
In this ultra-connected 21st century, we have the power to take the stage by simply clicking a button. Our voices can be felt across the world without ever stepping foot in a practice room of introspection. So the question remains: Are we just trying to be heard or are we taking the time to create something that is truly worth hearing?