I noticed something rather important today. Important because it was about myself and how I work and learn. I realized that I’m often in search of a plan.
A lot of people know that I am not the best person to go to when it comes to making final decisions. I’m perfectly happy with leading a team in a brainstorm session and the steps involved with narrowing an idea, but when it comes to that last decision I can often struggle and would prefer for someone else to make a suggestion first; thus, we work on teams so that our partners can complement us with those skills that we would consider weaker.
Rather than being the person to suggest that final decision “answer”, I’m often asking the questions like, “Ok, so what next? What needs to happen? How do we make this happen? Now what? What’s our plan to get this done?” This week I have found myself asking these questions more than usual which is how I came to realize how much I value having clear plans, even if the plan is vague like “today we will explore”, and I think that helps me learn better. I’m okay with changing plans, and rather flexible in that sense, but if we are going to change the plan, then I like to know why and quickly establish what the new plan is.
Sometimes it is good to be thinking about the future and what things need to be accomplish by asking those leading questions; however, there are also times where it would probably be better to be okay with the silence- okay with not having a plan. I think it’s in the moments without a plan where I get most uncomfortable actually, and I hope that now that I realize this I can better manage this tension for the future.