Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its 2007-2008 Leadership Bryan program. Yours truly is a happy participant. So are these others folks
- Brian Baraniak of Tidewater Real Estate
- Chris Barr of Woodlands Bank
- Carrie Blackburn of RHBC Chamber of Commerce
- Tori Bulwinkle with The Brogdons
- Wynn Carney of the City of Pembroke
- Lucretia Cole of Bryan Bank and Trust
- Chris Fettes of Coastal EMC
- Shirley Heagerty of S&J Bookkeeping
- Gene McKnight of G&M Electronics
- Clyde Usher-O’Neil of Applied Insight Management
- John Reynolds of RPI
- Shirley Rowe of Rowe Photography
- Jeff Whitten of Bryan County News
Our first class was last Friday. It was not what I expected at all. I was excited about starting. I knew the class was split between people I knew and didn’t know. I looked forward to seeing the familiar faces and meeting some new ones.
Ice breaker was the introductions. Tons of fun. Each person had to think of an adjective that described themselves and had the same first letter as their first name. Then we had to repeat the names and adjectives of all of those who went before us. Great exercise.
Next, we got into the Meyers-Briggs Personality Profile. You can read all about my no surprise ESTJ outcome. The concept of Meyers-Briggs is to learn how different personalities interact with others and how that interaction affects decision making and work habits. Everyone seemed to agree that the test was surprisingly accurate and enlightening.
There was also a few interactive portions which included a competition to build a tower out of index cards (I won’t tell you which team won), and a pretend distribution of funds for a made up company. Both exercise illustrated how different personalities approach tasks. According to the facilitator, we all behaved rather typically. An interesting experience into group dynamics.
We finished up with a discussion on Servant Leadership. I didn’t get to hear all of that. Kids needing to picked up from school and all.
I had a few observations throughout the day
- 7 participants are people I know for certain to be entrepreneurs. That’s 50% for those of you who don’t want to do the math. That’s amazing! I think it speaks volumes to the fact that we are holding true to our entrepreneur friendly county status.
- One person is from the city government and another from the local paper. Talk about making a commitment to be plugged in. These folks are directly responsible for the health of the city and the information we get concerning it. I thought it a positive sign that they chose to be involved.
- The class was fun! And I am not talking about the structure of the class – I am talking about the genuine interaction between the people. We were interested in each other and in things outside of ourselves. Everyone participated and the session was better for it.
If that’s the way personality testing and leadership training goes – I can’t wait to see what happens at next month’s session. We all travel down to Epworth by the Sea at St. Simon’s to participate in the High and Low Ropes Obstacle Course for some real team building. I’m bringing a camera.