Last week, members of Growthmasters (Toastmasters club #4801) in Des Moines heard former Marine Michael DeShazo speak on the ‘Origami of Leadership’ as part of the club’s monthly Lunch and Learn meeting.
DeShazo is an origamist and business consultant who uses the ancient art of origami to illustrate concepts in leadership. DeShazo explained that, in the same way the origamist is responsible for creating a beautiful piece of art from paper by the choices he makes in folding, the leader is responsible for helping individuals achieve their maximum potential by the choices the leader makes in helping to mold the individual. In the same way that paper bounces back after being bent, an individual can return to old habits and behaviors unless the new lessons are firmly folded into place. Similarly, once paper is firmly folded, the crease cannot be undone and people who have been influenced, either positively or negatively, by a leader, will not forget that lesson. DeShazo explained the importance of making the correct folds in origami and demonstrating the right lessons as a leader. As DeShazo spoke, he guided the attendees through the process of making an origami box, which they were able to take with them following the speech.
The next Growthmasters Lunch and Learn is Thursday, July 12, featuring Rebecca Osman speaking on Setting the Stage and Making a Great Entrance: Turning Confidence into a Full Body Experience.
Lunch and Learns are open to everyone and are provided as a free service to the community by Growthmasters Toastmasters Club #4801.
Growthmasters meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 19834 8th Avenue South in Des Moines.
For more information, visit www.growthmasters.info .