An Environment of Focus

This is being written as I continue to process what I perceive as the end of a long run of work with an organization. I am reminded how easy it is to blame. The most appropriate response for me may be to say, “It is what it is.” However, I realize in writing I can bring closure to the processing and move forward.

In one of the 7 Habits, Stephen Covey asks us to “Seek first to understand … .” Understanding opens the mind. I need an open mind just now as I make some important decisions about my work. Understanding releases one from the prison of a closed mind; thinking that is unable to focus.

From the beginning of the last two projects in the aforementioned organization, it is clear there was a lack of focus both individually and collectively (of course, this is very clear in retrospect). Throughout the organization, busyness distracted everyone from the presence of success. Confidence for each person was shaken and trust eroded rapidly as one reactive change fell against the next.

For now, and in the energy of moving forward, I must consider lessons learned. A New Confidence opens you fully; opens you to the clarity of focus which sustains collective action through the downturn that is a natural shape in the cycle – the flow. And, I renew my commitment to the individual as I ask my question of impact: What does it look like to create an environment promoting the personal accountability of each individual?

6 thoughts on “An Environment of Focus

  1. It is such a gift to be able to work through several projects and over an extended period of time with an organization (or group or individual). It allows us to review progress over the “life span” of the organization and our relationship to see how it has grown and evolved. It also allows up to see where we may have gotten trapped into an eddy of the stream or where we got sidetracked by the drama of the rapids. In the context of the long term relationship, we can see the rightness of the flow and our growth from it.

    • Linda, I so appreciate your very personal response. Thank you for your wonderful reference to the stream metaphor! And … indeed I became sidetracked by the drama of the rapids. Thanks again, Jeff

    • Ric, indeed it would seem so. I love what Linda said, “In the context of the long term relationship, we can see the rightness of the flow and our growth from it.” Thank you for all your ongoing trust in others and confidence in self.

  2. Personal accountability seems to be a hard potion for some (including me) to swallow these days. It never ceases to amaze me at how much I learn about myself with each new client and how difficult it is to move onto the next challenge, even if I know it is necessary. Great post, as always, Jeff.

  3. The great problem in working for others is having to bump up against and often take the fall for what they don’t do that they first hired you to do to begin with. One really has to be non-attached and that is sometimes difficult to do.

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