ven if resolutions are not your thing, there’s still that feeling in January of wanting to get everything a bit clearer. What were the objectives again? What were we aiming for? What did we say we’d do?
So, a spate of briefings.
Several times over the last few days I’ve listened to teams, or individuals tell me what they want to happen as they look at the year ahead.
Here are the objectives, here are how we will measure them. You know the drill.
But whether big changes or little changes, the conversations have all had something in common.
Everyone’s been telling the outsider, me, what they want me to know, and do.
And then ….sort of drifting off, in a questioning way, half way through. Truly, it’s happened 3 times in the last week, and with really smart people. I wondered whether it might be the heating levels? Insomnia? New babies? Boredom? Or a sci-fi story come to life and I’ve actually been listening to myself? Not sure, but I think this is what’s happening.
You know that feeling of hearing more when you get yourself into real listening mode? Of hearing the meaning behind the words? At the best of times there’s a bit of a difference, especially in the work environment, between the words and the meaning.
The break over Christmas and New Year was a bit longer this time. (How many Boxing Days did we have?) A bit longer to be exposed to the reality of family life, or floods, or hangovers. That gap (I admit you do really have to be listening) between what another person is telling you and what they really want to say has been affected by this longer exposure to reality.
I think everyone is taking a bit longer to get back into business speak.
Hope it lasts.
There’s a little window to have some real conversations. A sort of January reality magic time.
To make best use of it, I recommend starting these sorts of clearing and briefing meetings with a question that’ll help everyone say what they really want to say. No, not ’what are objectives’.
Just ‘What are you thinking about at the moment?’