Course Correction

It has been 3 months since I left the corporate world and started my consultancy business. I was lucky to have a quick win in the form of some work for my former employer which is now coming to a successful end. Time then to take stock, revisit the start up plan and consider next steps.

Contacts I made in the early weeks have gone cold and may need to be reminded that I am hunting opportunities. Updating my communication plan and developing a new set of key messages is a priority; I am in business, I have successfully completed work as an independent consultant, I am easy to do business with, I can work confidently anywhere in the world.

Do I need to make some course corrections? The Plan, Action, Review cycle    is most effective when the review process captures lessons learned and identifies meaningful changes for the next cycle. Such corrections require an open mind especially when they represent a big shift in thinking. They may also be the source of inspiration and energy; critical in maintaining momentum out of the trough of the change curve.

An injection of new thinking and increased effort in planning for the next phase of my start up is called for. The potentially quiet period between assignments should not be an excuse to take a holiday; though I might do that too!

Change is good. Driving change is better.

 

Friendship

It has been another week of horrendous happenings in the world and further political surprises on the UK home front. Forgive me for focusing instead on my rather more positive, personal experiences of the last 7 days.

For my 60th birthday, my lovely family gifted me a week sailing my favourite charter yacht, Zara, out of Southampton and invited an eclectic group of friends made in several phases of my life from dinghy racing in the ’70s to more recent professional project management challenges.

Several of the friendships had been on hold for as much as 20 years and despite having much to catch up on, what bonded us back then bonded us still. Better still perhaps new friendships were born.

Friendship and comradeship are important elements for teams going through changes. They can provide the certainty and solid foundations upon which change can be more easily embraced; be it organisation change, new assignments, disbanding project teams or simply the sometimes disturbing realisation that age is creeping up on us.

So thanks to Mark (1970), Amar (1977), Neil (1985), Richard (1994) and André (2002) for helping to celebrate an important milestone.

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Change is easier when shared with friends.