Follow–up on Understanding Your Personality Type
Follow-up to Follow–up on Understanding your personality type from Natalia's blog
Thank you for your respond to my last follow-up.
This is just a quick note where I want to reflect on how I’m getting on with my action points.
As the business project mentioned is progressing, we as a group were working hard so as to get the most of our presentation. We had two main ideas to consider and we had to choose only one. I saw a huge potential in one but my colleague advocated more the second. The only thing that mattered when choosing the idea was the amount of work that comes with creating a presentation and a follow-up business case.
When it comes to planning and creating a structure, I usually have in my mind a clear, effective plan. Well, it has to be said, that even if it is clear to me, not everyone can always spot the advantages that easily. They usually come up with different approaches that suit them more. And so it was in this case too. I had the whole step-by-step plan in my head. The only thing that needed to be done was dividing the work among the team and to check on the progress. Obviously, what I would do as usual, I would try to improve every little part of the presentation. I would take on more work than other members or delegate the work in such way which would provide me with a better control over the work. Basically, I would overwhelm myself with work and responsibility for the overall result and dig myself deeply into stressful situation.
However, I have decided not to push my idea forward and let him to pitch his. Long story short, we divided the work equally where everyone was responsible for their parts and in the end, we merged it together and started to rehearse.
In your last comment, you asked me if this new approach felt right for me. Well, I have to admit that it was a bit unusual to me. I normally work on +100%, but in this case, I wasn’t responsible for the entire project, or I should say, I didn’t take the responsibility for it as whole. As for the 1st action point, I let other people to have an equal part of the work that had to be done. And as for the 2nd action point – being judgemental, or perfectionist – I tried not to compare what they prepared with what I would do/improve in their place.
And how did I feel? Definitely better, more relaxed, with more time to spend on other things. I might have not improved the project by 3%, but it has definitely added 30% to my overall comfort and relax.
So, I have one more action point to pursue. I guess the hardest to crack though.
Thank you Mary for reading this and I will blog more on the 3rd action point soon.
Have a nice day!
A really good follow up reflection on your action points – what you have decided to do seems to be having some beneficial effects for you. I look forward to reading your progress against your final action point in due course.
02 Mar 2012, 16:08
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