Mentorship &Me - Part 16 - Peggy Edwards - What is it you really need?

Posted by | February 28, 2013 | Mentee Blog Posts | No Comments

imageAnother great mentoring session recently, based around a specific piece of work. I thought I would try and draw the strings of my development together by focusing on a paper I need to take to my Board. The aim of this was to see if I had improved in presenting information and arguments (which has always been clear in my mind) to others.

It was, as always, a very useful exercise, the fundamental idea soon became clear that a refocus around a more suitable model for stakeholder engagement, would produce more of my desired outcome. So, now I have an even greater idea and paper to present as a result of working through the real issues in play.

However, the new challenge now is; how can I achieve that again without taking a whole day (and a few muffins) out of the office to bounce ideas around and polish the final product? We rarely have the luxury of that sort of time and contact with another in a normal working day. So my ‘tool kit’ going forward? To ask myself “What is it I really need to achieve with the idea” and ‘really’ being the core. Say it as it is, instead of trying to put a fancy wrap around the ‘it’ and use too many words. Read it out loud…….you think I would have got that lesson ingrained by now.

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  • Aresko says:

    It was Einstein who said: “the definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing, but expecting different results”. So it is important to bounce ideas for angles off different people Peggy, and do it as often as you can. Build up a pool of trusted confidantes and just test out ideas and angles with them in short chunks of time. Most importantly, something you can never overdo, is to read written work out loud. Do it and ask someone if they understood it, check their understanding with yours, and eternally simplify. Revisit the “fog factor” post if need be 🙂 You have a great idea and paper, now go and sell it with conviction. Good luck!

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