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Walk With Me

I often wonder why when we broach a sensitive subject we get asked to “walk with me.”  I confess that I like the forward momentum and the fact that it is one-on-one time.  You know that the conversation will not be lengthy.  You have their undivided attention and lastly, you know that a decision will be made.

It seems to be an intimate engagement, a time that both people are on the same level of listening and have a common goal of resolving the question or gaining insight.  The walk in itself will be calming or action driven.  There is power in the walk, a sense of getting things done and resolution.

Often the walk takes place when the group or team has hit a roadblock and needs someone that can break on through the hurdle or obstacle.  The ripple effect of the walk can stimulate the team to a sense of empowerment to get things done.  A door opening to possibilities rather than a team shutting down.  That one walk can be the catalyst that unleashes dynamic change and innovation.

It is odd that the walk can take only minutes.  The walk seems to give us laser focus.  We take the walk expecting that the solution is already there waiting for you to hear it.  In one of my training classes, I divide the group into three teams with each group having a different scenario.  I gave them an hour to identify the roadblocks and present a solution.  Thirty minutes into it I picked one person from each team and told them to walk with me for 15 minutes.  We actually walked outside into a park with a lake.

I asked them to tell me what was in the way of a solution.  I gave each one five minutes and asked questions that would focus them on results.  I opened doors for them so they could see inside the problems or obstacles.  As we walked back they were engaging each other even though they were on different teams.  By the time they got back to their groups, you could feel a different energy and dynamic to the group.

All of the groups presented solutions and they were all actionable.  The feedback to me was that the walk created a strong focus for them to resolve the issues.  The dynamic was one of momentum with the walk ending with a definitive resolution.  The walk was pressure without feeling like pressure and had a feeling of momentum and being result driven.  It was problem-solving at warp speed.

Point Of View

When I was growing up, my Daddy, when faced with problems, would take me and our dog for a walk on the perimeter of our farm.  Even though he would be talking to me and the dog I always felt he was pondering what to do.  I would also see him and my uncles do the same thing.  They always seemed to find answers or solutions after the walk.

Later in life when my boys were giving me a fit I would always take them to a park or for a walk on the beach.  We always seemed to find the right answer.  With my wife, taking her for a walk allows me to tell her I care when I can’t find the right words.  The togetherness can be comforting and powerful.  With my dogs, it is the calming feeling and bonding, and with my grandchildren, it is seeing the joy of their innocence.  Lastly, when I walk alone it is to remind me of who I am and a moment to reflect on the gifts that life has given me.

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Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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12 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Beautiful Larry. From my behavioral psych/metaphysical perspectives, when we walk, our body grounds to the good earth as our head chatter slips downward through our heart and integrates with the core of our body.

    We listen more openly to both our self and the other.

  2. I could see you walking and hear leaves crackling underfoot as you walked in various situations. As I read about walking while discussing important matters with others, it made me think that in walking side by side it changes the perspective of the other person, if only for the duration. In the moment you’re both equals with a common goal, and the environment is calming and relaxing so some of the barriers are removed.

    I enjoy reading your posts.

  3. An amazingly powerful message there, Larry Sir! You have just given the world such a simplistic solution to almost every tough challenge. Getting out of the four walls, in the open, creates a natural feeling of freedom and takes away some of the biggest pressures off our brain. Togetherness helps multiply the thought-process beyond group psychology to explore alternate solutions.

    Fresh air allows our faculties to nurture fresh ideas and that is where creativity comes to its zenith.

    Thank You!

  4. Personally I think that walking in the middle of nature with your dog is one of the most beautiful and authentic moments that life can reserve.
    The steps of the dog next to us, the sense of an ancient alliance, the harmony of a communication that does not need words. Suddenly we are projected into an ancestral dimension, as if they echo in us remote memories, experiences that magically re-emerge from the depths of our phylogenetic past and that still rest in some distant region of the mind.

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