When I was a kid, I used to have mandated room cleanings. As most kids' room do, mine would accumulate so much clutter that only I knew the path to the bed. At my parents gentle nudging (threatening), I would plant myself in the middle of the floor and start going through things. This went well for about 10 minutes, if that. Inevitably, I would pick up a book and start reading, or find an old CD that I had to dedicate my full attention to, or spot a photo album that needed to be looked through.
That's kind of how today's Work on the Work session felt.
Now, I must clarify that Floricane in no way is a messy as my room circa 1998, nor did we get distracted by things as irrelevant as a children's book. But when you get a room full of people who talk about strategy, business development and leadership for a living and ask them to turn the lens on themselves, you can get a whole lot of conversation around things you didn't plan on tackling. It can be exhausting.
What I'm trying to say here is, we get it. We know that what we ask our clients to do can be hard. Taking an honest look at your organization, finding the cracks, and coming up with a plan to smooth them out is not something that can be done in a day. It's not easy. It's not comfortable. Even so, the work needs to be done.
We want to always practice what we preach here at Floricane. So we will push on, armed with post-its and sharpies and flip charts. We will make clear decisions, even if we have to pull our red energy kicking and screaming out of its hiding place. At the end of the day, we will come away with a clearer vision of we need. The 10+ action steps I have in my notes from today is proof.