Tiimiakatemia on Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulun yrittäjyyden huippuyksikkö
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1 Prologue

2 The basics of The Journey

3 The difference in looking and seeing

4 Epilogue

 

1 Prologue

This time I took on the book called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Today it can probably be titled as a classic and it surely did raise a lot of thoughts. It might be that the ideas I had based on the book are not following its original idea of writing about the philosophy of quality. Actually the only reason I even know it is supposed to deal with that concept is because I did some background research. But I think that what I managed to pull together is ultimately very useful material because there was a couple of “wake-up calls” for me, which I will open up in the following chapters. Hope You enjoy reading my thoughts and maybe get some new ideas as well.

 

– Time is the same for everyone. Where we part is in the way we use it. –

 

2 The basics of The Journey

The first “wake-up call” I had from the book concentrates on the idea of making the most out of the ride we hopped on.

I like to believe, and have believed for a long time, that our life is a journey. A puzzle-like journey where we are creating a beautiful picture out of the puzzle pieces. We are aware that we’ll find there a few basic elements known as the corner pieces, but for the rest we need to do work and find the pieces that’ll fit into our own image.

During the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance my own intuitions about the importance of a journey grew a lot stronger. Every goal, vision and dream, that ultimately defines the reason why we do anything, are definitely essential. But it is only the journey that’ll transfer anything to actual reality. This was my core theme when I sculptured the model of The Journey.

The model is built on four key pieces that are tightly attached to the journey itself. Those pieces are 1) Goal, vision & dream, 2) The one or the team with goal, vision & dream, 3) Mission and 4) Networks/Connections. I’ll walk you through this with an example case from my current life: My training at Tiimiakatemia//Team Academy business school.

1. First thing I need to do is to set an approximate goal or vision. The reason for the term “approximate” is because the goal is set best when it’s not exact, but a little “blurry” so that I have to build my way into it. To add that there might be some ideas on “What I want my actions to produce?” and also this goal should have a time estimate: “When do I want to reach it at the latest?”

My goal at Tiimiakatemia is to become a widely recognized master and expert at various substances on the fields of business, coaching and probably some other fields too by the end of year 2017.

2. Second thing is to establish the person or group heading towards the goal and in this case scenario that would be myself. For this key piece of the journey, the specifying questions to think about are the following: “Considering the journey ahead what do I already know, what skills do I have and what have I experienced so far?”

My knowledge and skills that’ll support this travel rise from my work experience and almost a lifelong hobby. I’ve done a great deal of salesmanship in my past and that’ll help me understand the physics of the business world. I also played nearly my entire childhood and early adulthood the game of basketball. It was that game where I was introduced to the importance of practice and team work but as well I learned the idea of making others become better around you. That idea is the foundation of a good coach. I also believe that the experiences I have gathered from my personal life through the years will add value to the package.

3. Third thing is to define the mission for the journey by answering to the questions “What does this journey mean to me and why is there a journey in the first place?” Defining the mission is crucial because if that what I intend to do to achieve the goal doesn’t inspire or mean anything to me, it loses its value and becomes irrelevant. Most important of all if that what I’m about to do doesn’t lead towards the vision, I won’t get where I desire.

My mission on my journey is to form a great team around me by challenging myself and succeeding in difficult tasks yet still making the people working with me look great or even greater. I’ve always wanted to become the best I can be as a person. I’ve come to a conclusion that no matter how I train, I can really become better only if there’s people to interact with. That is the meaning of the team for me. I also want to cherish the ancient teaching “Do to others, what you’d like to be done to you.” The answer to “why this journey exists at all?” is that for me this is the next step to become the best I can be.

4. The fourth piece of the model contains networks & connections, meaning no less than the people and the new people who can help you along the road. As a specifying question there is “Who are they and how do I reach them?”

For me the connections are built around my family, friends, the people I’ve worked with and the people I work with today at Tiimiakatemia. Also I constantly build new connections by doing projects with different clients, selling the services of our team to new clients and regularly searching, meeting and keeping in touch with those people I think might be valuable on my journey.

5. In the middle of the key pieces described above is that glorious journey itself. As I’ve stated earlier it is only the journey that’ll transfer anything to actual reality. The essential questions for this are “What do I want to learn?” and “Am I willing & ready to learn and practice?” It is all about the learning because of the fact that there happens changes all the time in me, you and in everything around us. By wanting to learn we become an active part of that change instead of being a bystander. There’s always something to learn.

My number one learning process at the moment is time management and task control. I want to practice my skills in how to prioritize the on-going projects for the week and chunk down all the tasks regarding those projects. I’m trying to reach the point where I can put one specific and defined task on a post-it with an estimated duration. I consider this objective reached when it starts to feel natural and routine-like, which will take a lot of practice but I’m willing to put in the work.

Kuva 1 Leikas 2015, The Journey

Kuva 1 Leikas 2015, The Journey

 

3 The difference in looking and seeing

The second “wake-up call” from the book was something that I’ve known for a long time, but haven’t really given a thought so much.

There are more than numerous case examples from everyday life that someone just doesn’t seem to understand you. “How can this be? It’s so clear and rational and it has to be this way! Why can’t you see it?” In Team Academy world those situations build the fundamental basis of everything because it is exactly those situations that’ll train you to see instead of looking.

You cannot make assumptions that because you know the other must know too. That is also the beauty of Team Academy: by putting everyone through constant interaction day by day, year by year someday we’ll figure it out. It is different to see than to look. Two or more people might look at the same exact thing and yet none sees the same. Some will focus on the features, some concentrates on the content and the third will think about the context of the surrounding. There might even be one that looks, but actually sees nothing because it is not about his interests. A thing only exists if it is in someone’s mind.

The real breakthrough of the teams is when everybody finally asks themselves: how can we see the same and what am I able to do for it? The key is to understand that to affect someone you need to know how he/she sees things and rather than to try and figure it out yourself just go ahead and ask. By showing honest interest in one another we’re able to create trust, loyalty, and friendship. And that is the moment when we start to see the same, because it starts to feel the same and finally mean the same.

For me this wake-up call meant that if I want to form a great team around me and interact with people I need to learn to see through those peoples’ eyes every single time. From me it requires a great deal of concentration and awareness on each conversation and each moment that there are others involved. I think I’ve done this already unconsciously and succeeded at it as well, but I believe that if I was able to bring this to my conscious level each time I would become much more effective and useful to our team. Yet again something for me to learn and master.

Kuva 2 Leikas 2015, Looking & Seeing

Kuva 2 Leikas 2015, Looking & Seeing

 

4 Epilogue

I believe that our life is what we make it. We all build our own puzzle that’ll one day show everyone the journey we’ve been through. This is the ideology that keeps me going and I’m reminded of it every single day and moment for I have it tattooed on my back. This is my world:

Kuva 3 Leikas, My World

Kuva 3 Leikas, My World

 

Olli Leikas

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olli@driimi.fi

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