it’s been interesting going to meetings recently, maybe its due to my role being project manager making me think it or perhaps as we carry on this project i am getting a clearer idea of how the people we are meeting might actually help us.

it was first in the kirsten hardy meeting i started seeing how hard to understand martin was being. she would ask him a question and he would proceed to lead the conversation off in another direction, almost as though he was covering up the answer on purpose. though it was simply a case of him wanting to talk about the project, because it excites him. so with martin being allusive with her questions i took to being very direct and to the point, because i wanted to answer her questions to find out if she could help with the area in question.

it was this encounter in particular that helped me think about my own manner of focusing my efforts, something which i have been having a lot of trouble with, seeing martin dodging questions and distracting the conversation made me reaslise we have all been doing this recently, becoming distracted by all the different parts of our project, we have been running in all directions at once and not getting far. we have been doing shop full time for around 20 days and it feels like it has been going very slowly.

i feel in the past few days however we are slotting together like the team we need to be, focused on our aims, and there for each other. this has made me much more confident about really achieving our goal!

what i need to do now is getting better at my job, which is making sure everyone is on track, by keeping you all aware of your roles, however this has been happening without me just fine so far, so maybe i should just leave everyone alone, and my contribution will be to not get in the way?

jack

3 Responses to “meetings”

  1. fred says:

    NO you need to lead… I’m good at leading but not being a leader.. too much pressure and I’m not good at being balanced, I’ll give everything and won’t have anything left. You can lead because you don’t take it all on yourself and your ego is different to mine, it means you believe in yourself… and I do to but I struggle to step back a let things be done in a different way or standard than I myself would do it. I’m too controlling to be in control and happy.

    If were are going to be successful we need a good like you can be.

    what you all think?

  2. thisisapseudonym says:

    I’ve been doing these meetings on my own since last spring. Over the course of this time I feel I have grown and I am able to build a level rapport with these contacts and produce excitement in others for our project.

    I do my best to cover all possible bases when in a meeting with someone important, i want to take the opportunity to make sure they are not only interested but enthused on as many levels possible. Also that any possible pathways or routes toward making Shop successful are opened and explored.

    I tend to think laterally in a kind of exploding spider diagram structure, this effects the way i talk with people. I will always find a common ground with anybody because i cover alot of related subjects in a small space of time.

    Until recently I have been spread very wide and very thin over the course of the project. I can understand how i have often initiated this by taking on jobs without allowing those deemed responsible to do them.

    This is because i am anxious towards making Shop happen and I have the fundamental need to be useful. I have done alot of things over this project alot of things I’ve never done before and never thought i would do. I still don’t know what i am Best at. I’m simply trying everything i possibly can. I want to make it clear that It is never my intention to cover the truth or dodge questions

  3. fred says:

    go martin!
    I think that like you I have been doing the same… trying my best and learning a lot.
    I think we are way better and more efficient and confident now than last year and we are all getting better.

    but what did you think about jack last question

    ‘what i need to do now is getting better at my job, which is making sure everyone is on track, by keeping you all aware of your roles, however this has been happening without me just fine so far, so maybe I should just leave everyone alone, and my contribution will be to not get in the way?’