People often ask about tips to putting The Power of TED* into practice on a daily basis. In response, I developed the 7 Daily Practices. These seven relatively simple – though not always easy – daily disciplines will increase your capacity to live as a Creator and cultivate TED* roles and relationships.
3. See everyone as a Creator
In every interaction remind yourself, “This person before me is a Creator.”
This is a foundational practice. All three roles in the TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) begin with the perspective that those with whom interact are Creators in their own right – whether they know it or not and whether they act like it or not. When we see others as a Creator, it is reduces the likelihood of seeing them as a Victim, Persecutor or Rescuer.
As a Creator, we interact with others as Co-Creators in our personal, professional and community lives.
To be an effective, conscious and constructive Challenger of others, we act from an intention to spark learning and growth – and to increase their capacity as a Creator. If someone interacts with us in a way that we might react to them as a Persecutor, by seeing them as a Creator in their own right, we can respond to them or the situation as a Challenger provoking learning and growth in ourselves.
As a Coach, we begin by seeing the other as ultimately capable and resources (again, whether they know it or act like it). We support them by helping them identify envisioned outcomes, assess current reality, and discern the baby steps that result in forward progress.
Seeing others as a Creator not only is important in one-to-one interactions, but in groups as well – be they our families, our work colleagues and teams; or any other group within which we interact with others.
Namaste is a Sanskrit word that, roughly translated, means “I acknowledge the divinity within you” (or, as we say in TED*land, “To the Creator in you!).
Can you imagine what it would be like to begin interactions or meetings with such a greeting as “Namaste” or “Greetings Creator!” J In the days ahead, if you can’t say it, think it, and see how it shifts the nature of your interactions.