It has been fantastic to sit across the people I have linked arms with for the past five years and be able to move toward more intentional conversations. The challenge I have been faced with has been this idea of what I can control and what I cannot control. I can control how much time and thought I do to prepare for each meeting. I cannot control their response to the suggestions and feedback I have for them. I can control how well I listen to them and how well grounded I am before each conversation. I cannot control how they feel about me after it is over.
I am still in search of some good training in this area. The folks at Hogan have been great to this point, but it is time to go a bit deeper. I have that on my next 30 days agenda.