Contemplation: emergent leadership and Playcentre

So I’ve had a lot of time to think over the past five years.
You get that when you have children and aren’t in paid employment. In between the meal prep; nappy changes, nappy scrubbing, the third load of washing; mediation of sibling disagreements, etcetera – I have done a lot of thinking. Thinking about everything really. Problem is, this thinking doesn’t get recorded at the time and then you get an uncoordinated ugly braindump of a post like this one. The following is just a short summary. It may become a regular feature in all future posts this year.

I’ve been thinking:
  • libraries really can be the intersection point for their communities
  • Enthusiasm is infectious, make contact with it.
  • you need to be so flexible and up for anything if you want to go anywhere in any career. Quite literally, that sentence makes so much sense
  • Playcentre and emergent leadership have so much in common.
  • the number of children you have and how many hours you work – paid and unpaid – is not a measure of your self-worth
  • flexible working needs to be talked about openly at a management level
  • the “yeah, so what?” factor is real, when looking in at this period of life from the outside but, this too shall pass.
  • Making sense and a sentence is not my strong point right now.
  • This too shall pass.
  • When, though?!
  • I love my children.
  • It’s hard work raising them, but it’s worth it. Our lives are so much richer because of them.
Playcentre and emergent leadership have so much in common

Playcentre’s philosophy of child-led learning through play and experimentation matches emergent leadership’s – allowing people of all levels of any organisation to make decisions and lead from any position.

I haven’t read much about emergent leadership, but I went to a weekend school where it was a running theme, and have had conversations with people, and I gather this is what it’s all about – Give people the freedom to make their own decisions. Make mistakes, learn from them, share with others, and repeat until the desired outcome is reached.

The core of Playcentre’s philosophy is child-led learning – Children and whānau, learning and growing together. At Playcentre, we provide for their play, and we participate in their play too, but we step back more and assist and guide when necessary.  We observe and see what the children do and wait to see what emerges. It’s painful to watch things played out sometimes. Relationships are broken and we guide them with the mending part. Limbs are hurt, feelings, emotions are hurt. Over and over again. But we’re there to help them reconnect with each other and move forward together with their plan. Oh, I could go on.

I just wanted to share that for a moment in time, I felt an immediate sense of connection between what I practice in my life as a Playcentre Mum and the practice of emergent leadership.

So now is where I put a call-to-action. This is something I learned from a paper I completed this time last year. Insert a call-to-action at the end of a webpage. Where does the user go once they have read the content?
What have you been thinking? Tell me!

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