Many years ago, when the Laid Back Leads Group was in its infancy, we had a visit from rock legend Bruce Dickinson, yes, THE Bruce Dickinson.
He observed our meeting and he told us, “Guys, I’ve got to tell ya, you have got what appears to be a dynamite leads group.” We were of course very pleased to hear that, but he paused and added, “But guys I put my pants on one leg at a time. The only difference is that when I put my pants on, I make Gold Records.” After the meeting Bruce told us, “That was a great meeting guys, but I coulda used a little more cowbell.” Really Bruce? More Cowbell? “Yes, More Cowbell. So John, this time, explore the leads group space. I mean really, EXPLORE THE SPACE!”
So the cowbell was added to begin and end meetings. It is also used to interrupt when someone gets a little long-winded or off topic.
Bruce came back a few months later and said “This last meeting was even better than the first, but GUESS WHAT. I’ve got a FEVER, and the only prescription, is MORE COWBELL!”
So we worked in the cowbell as much as possible. We are truly, as far as we know, the only leads group with MORE COWBELL. Bruce gave us his parting remark, “You’re gonna WANT that COWBELL!”
If you are totally mystified by the previous paragraphs, you may want to do a Youtube search for “more cowbell.”
The Angry Bird
Angry Bird is now a regular attendee of our group. He is not always angry. Certain things will set him off. It is important to know what these things are.
Things that make Angry Bird angry include:
- Talking on your cell phone
- Not putting your cell phone in silent mode
- Texting during the meeting
- Side conversations that are distracting
- Other distractions such as incessant blowing your nose for example. (Really people, get up go to the bathroom and take care of it!
- Being rude to the wait staff
- Being rude to another attendee in the group
You must not make Angry Bird angry! He as been known to “fly off the handle” and head straight for the offender’s head! Not good!
Be nice to Angry Bird!