Most useful question

What’s the most impactful, helpful, or powerful question you’ve ever been asked or asked yourself? Do please share with me – privately if you prefer. For me, it’s been “is this a useful response”. It’s not an answered and done question. It’s a recurring nudge towards better behaviour. It reminds me of the difference between reaction and response, and to choose the latter. It reminds … Continue reading Most useful question

To time, budget and quality – honestly

I enjoyed a talk today, about how a software project was rescued by adopting a more Agile culture. In it was an exhortation to focus on value over deadlines. The latter can change what may be valuable, but the former is more important. How often do we wrestle with conflicting demands, when instead we could concentrate on merely taking the next valuable step? Take the … Continue reading To time, budget and quality – honestly

Don’t, but, didn’t

Reading a coaching article about the language we use (with ourselves, as well as others), I noted that we should avoid the words “don’t” and “didn’t” where possible. But, that seems really tricky I thought. I read that “but” should be avoided, too. Then I read that we shouldn’t be avoiding certain words, per se, and we should focus on positive, benefit driven language. There’s … Continue reading Don’t, but, didn’t

It happened, so own it

I related my meandering career path to a mentor I’ve just started working with yesterday. I say ‘career path’, but it doesn’t feel it’s had enough direction to call it a path. Their advice – own it. Whatever we’ve been through has given us some benefit or insight, if we looked closely enough and with curiosity. We might prefer to live without it, but there’s … Continue reading It happened, so own it