I’ve been doing a lot of checking in lately. Airlines. Hotels. And with groups who want to collaborate. You have to check in with a group but it doesn’t have to be like a ‘hippy trippy’ display of feelings and emotions.
Joan was born in 1916. I reckon curiosity is one of the secrets behind not only her longevity, but her joie de vivre. I wish I had someone with her innate curiosity in every group I help try to connect and collaborate.
We’re told at the first Christmas that the three Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Maybe purpose, structure and leadership are better gifts if you want to get stuff done together – on Christmas Day or year-round at work.
“….you may not like each other, but you have got to go ahead as a partnership if you want to take the game forward.” Sage advice from Ian Chappell, former Australian Cricket Captain, for Cricket Australia and the players.
We’ve been ‘con-formed’ by our neighbours. They asked for our block’s ‘tolerance and understanding’ during their building project – via email through our owner’s corporation and one week after they’d moved out to a rental property on the other side of the river. That’s when we found out that the ‘build’ would take nine months.
It’s a given that organisations need to invest time, effort and money into onboarding new staff to set them up for success. Make them feel welcome, help them get to know the culture and align expectations. Partnerships also need such induction processes.
Trust is complex. Easily lost, hard to regain. It can be eroded gradually or in one fell swoop. What is clear is that there’s no trust without transparency. In supply chains. In banks. In politicians. In partnerships.
As a young au pair living in the 17th arrondisement in Paris, I loved watching Madame Vié cook. She seemed to know exactly what went with what. A roast called for peas, cooked slowly in her blue Le Creuset. Chicken called for coq au vin. Only a certain type of cheese was used in an omelette - I never did figure out exactly which.
About a year ago I became my own boss and I love it. It was time to refresh my business plan and looking ahead inevitably involves some looking back. Aside from the obvious measure of revenue, it’s tricky conducting a performance review when you’re working solo.