Everything I needed to know about 3rd grade
field trips I learned from the leadership guru John Maxwell.
“OK girls we need a team dance. Wiggle like this. Move your arms like this, and say ‘uh huh, uh
huh’.” This started the Esprit de Corps
for our field trip team made up of me, my youngest daughter, and three other
girls from her class all 9 years old. I
took a day off from the office and volunteered to be a parent sponsor for this
particular adventure to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
We called ourselves the No-Hands team. Each of the girls was wearing a jacket with
their hands tucked inside the ends of their sleeves in typical young girl
fashion. My philosophy was to act goofy
and the kids could relate and view me as ‘normal’, and build a sense of
team. So why did I go to all this
I wanted my group to be successful. I knew that if they had a fun time, remained
safe, and learned some stuff they would have a lasting memory of a fun field
trip – success. Being the leader it
rested on my shoulders to pull it off.
I could have taken the dictator approach, which I’ve had
to do on occasion simply because I’ve been grouped with kids who have ‘parents’
in name only. I had to leverage my size,
deep voice, and adult authority to focus only on keeping them safe. Nobody had fun or learned much – we weren’t successful.
I’ve realized that dictating gets it done, but leading
makes people successful.
That’s why I love my divine assignment. I get to see people be successful in being a part of a God-movement. I see them experience success in the movement of God in their own lives, and success in developing spiritually. I want people to be successful, and I’m blown away that God let’s me be in on it.
I think I’m going to write a book: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Field Trip Leadership.