Having been a performance coach for many years, I have observed the most curious phenomenon. Many people don’t know what they want. So, first I ask them, “What is it that you don’t want?” They always seem to know this. Then I ask them, “What do you want instead?” Many times, this appears to be the first time anyone ever asked them this question, and they may struggle a little, but they somehow manage to come up with a good answer. If the initial reply is a negative emotion, then I ask, “How would you rather feel?” This too often appears to be the first time they have been asked this question.
Once they manage to state what they do want in the positive, it usually generates a new sense of clarity. The next question becomes, “How can this be accomplished?” And, we’re off to the planning phase. Again, I am surprised by how many people become immediately stuck at this stage. Project planning knowledge and skills seem to be missing for a lot of people. They are blind to the value that a good project management methodology has to offer. They resort to managing lists of things to do, and become extremely ineffective, and easily overwhelmed.
I am so grateful to have had so many years of experience as an Information Technology consultant. In this field, all work was project work, and project management methodologies were fairly standardized, providing frameworks and tools for managing everything. It feels good now, to be able to offer to people support in getting organized and design good project plans, no matter what they want. The real fun is in coaching them on building teams, executing their plans and accomplishing their objectives.
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