This morning, while walking out of the 3PP, one of my friends asked me to send him an example of good Sunday writing. I told him the good writing is all about the clients clarity in their narrative. It is all about the narrative, not the bullet points of PA. You can see, in the narrative, weeks aligned in their opus vs. weeks laboring in their jobs. He asked me if I would send him an example. He’s working on the discipline and could use an example. I’ve changed the names to protect the author and placed a real example from a client of mine in the paragraphs that follow. I hope this helps you. I’ve not included his PA, just the narrative. It is all about the narrative. The narrative, remember, is how your brain naturally stores your weeks. Enjoy.
“I had a strong week. Following my vacation, I spent 2 full days in xyz and 2 full days in abc. In thinking about what I did and what the results were it is somewhat enlightening. First, my time in xyz was zero production – I didn’t write e-mails, review budgets, make decisions, etc. I literally participated in the annual planning meeting of our Leaders; they meet quarterly and this is the most important meeting as they approve the following fiscal year budget and discuss strategic priorities for their organization. This was an opportunity for me to connect with the leaders and continue to build rapport and trust. This was a huge success – each one of them either came to me at one point or wrote me a note afterward thanking me for being there and thanking me for making the meeting better. In addition to this being gratifying (which I guess isn’t very important), it was clear that I helped the group reach clarity in a number of areas. In addition, I gained insight into some critical issues and new product development – the time got me/kept me fresh on “what we do and how we are doing.”
So, the xyz meeting was good. It also ate up a massive amount of production time. One thing I need to come to grips with is how to balanced “production” with “connection” with “educating myself” with “planning” with “????.” This may be a good topic for us to delve deeper into: time allocation. On time allocation, we need to consider strengths and weaknesses as well as organization importance and personal importance. This is a complicated thing …
The abc time was a perfect balance to xyz. It was far more production – budget reviews, writing memo, dealing with issues, a mentor session and a “town hall talk.” I am able to be much more production oriented when in the office, but in many ways I feel like my talents and the organization’s needs are around connecting with people, building culture and facilitating decision making. As examples, during my xyz time and my abc time, I advanced the ball on some critical consensus building relating to some senior leaders in our company – namely our Midwest Presidents and our Northeast Presidents. Enough for now, but we need to focus on this idea of “production” v “connection” – I realize that it’s hard to do both simultaneously. The other piece is allocation of time.”
This is an excellent example of good writing. He’s clearly writing for himself. And, he’s writing for his builder. He believes I am beside him to make him better. TWI. The funniest part is his deepest held beliefs don’t align with mine. We are polar opposites and deeply connected, not because we agree on everything or even much of anything. We are deeply connected because together we improve. He is all about getting better. So am I.
Write for you, friend. And, if you’re a client of mine, write for me too. Write for us. Write so I can help you. TWI. Good..