What to do? If you’ve been reading this series you can guess the answer. Keep it simple. The next question is, “How?” Let’s take a look. But, before giving the solution, going through what didn’t work can help show the value of what does.
- Over-studying the situation. This involves going deeper and deeper into the details trying to find the solution.
- Over-thinking. Here the catch is over-analysis, believing that rummaging through all the connections possible will lead to the solution.
- Over-talking. Talking to everyone and replaying the events can create a sense of satisfaction at first but when there is no progress a numbness can set in.
- Over-responsibility. Belief that more and more responsibility will lead to power to get things done.
What works requires filling in the blank on the following sentence:
“If everything were okay I’d see ____________ .”
The thing to do is sit with it. Do nothing and just sit with it. Let go of analyzing and the next step will show itself. It doesn’t matter what stage of the project you are in, if you know what you are doing your instincts will lead in the right direction.
In closing it is worth pointing out that doing this takes practice. Be patient, though, and it will come.
—Through his firm, Center for Managing Change, Gary Monti has over 30 years experience providing change- and project management services internationally. He works at the nexus between strategy, business case, project-, process-, and people management. Service modalities include consulting, teaching, mentoring, and speaking. Credentials include PMP number 14 (Project Management Institute®), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certification, and accreditation in the Cynefin methodology. Gary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter at @garymonti