Video TEDx Talk: Leadership and Life Lessons from My Unintentional Teacher

Thanks to all of you who supported me during my recent presentation at the TEDx Overlake event.  A special thanks to all the great people at TEDx Overlake for offering me the opportunity to present and for their great work in producing this wonderful event on “How People Learn”.  I hope that you enjoy this TEDx talk.  In my presentation, I challenge the notion of what teachers look like in our work and in our lives.  Teachers are all around us.  Sometimes we can learn best by observing  behaviors that are modeled for us by an unintentional teacher.  In this TED Talk, I honor my unintentional teacher.

Enjoy and thank you for watching!

Please share your comments, ideas, thoughts and feelings with others viewing this video in the comments section below the video.  Or, if you prefer, you can go to YouTube (by clicking on the YouTube logo on the video)  and enter your comments there… or both.

Thanks again!

Larysa Slobodian MA

L4 Leadership LLC


  1. Boomer's Buddy July 8, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    The rose just had to be a rose – and it speaks clearly, albiet silently, in its language of fragnance.

    A sagacious student isn’t impressed by how loudly the teacher speaks or how the teacher looks. The requirement of humility is essential to learning and the simple authenticity of Bodger is so beautifully ‘channeled’ and shared by Larysa – let’s not allow our twisted ego come in the way to accept this wonderful invitation to learning.

    Oh, Larysa – did i say, awesome job! :-)

  2. Lisa July 8, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Bodger also taught us to pursue your goals (whether a squirrel or rope tug) with fervor and determination. Thanks for reminding us to listen to the lessons we are learning every day!

  3. Al July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Right on. We all encouter unintentional teachers in our lifetime, but, unfortunately we often don’t recognize the impact at the time. As you point out, “listen” and reflect back on the experience to improve your effectiveness in the future.

  4. Stacey July 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    This was incredible. One of the best TED Talks I’ve ever watched. Resonant, real, full of heart and lessons. Great job Larysa!

  5. Ben Trelease July 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    This talk was moving and inspiring Larysa. You really are a gifted speaker. Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us.

  6. Geoff July 22, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Good job, Larysa! You really show through brightly, clearly in this talk!

  7. Larysa Slobodian July 22, 2011 at 9:46 am #


    Larysa Slobodian

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