|Flooding in the centre of Bradford-on-Avon, |
near Bristol, stops work on this UK construction site
Surely, this was an unexpected twist to a project that was doing well. How on earth could one regain ground after such a catastrophe? I bet the contractor and architect will meet with City Council to discuss the flood zone. Does one rethink plans for this low-lying area? Redo the buildings' foundations to make sure they don't wash away in the next overflow? Or clean up and carry on?
2. Consider the past as well as the future. How have we proven ourselves. Are we
- optimists ("Everything will work out,")
- painstaking researchers ("Who knows what will happen unless we think it through?"), or
- project managers ("What steps need to be taken for success?")
- Has your intuition pushed you into greatness or caused injury?
- Has your wariness saved you from harm or caused stagnation?
- How does that affect your future decisions?
- Jumpers: be willing to think before you jump. Partner with someone who is careful and will help you think about the cliff you're about to tackle. (You'll begin to understand the ramifications beyond the initial leap.)
- Bookkeepers: be willing to carefully consider how an idea could revolutionize the world as you know it. (You'll expand your repertoire of possibilities and skills.)
- Implementers: be willing to compromise on the process when you're working with someone who has proven success. Partnering with people who have great ideas, energy, and enthusiasm keeps you current. It changes life to an adventure rather than offering boring routines on a secure treadmill. (You'll help keep those visionaries focused, make the accountants happy, and round out your CV with new accomplishments.)
- Have we taken proper precautions?
- Are we tipping into a danger zone?
- Are we stalling a really good idea because of fear?
- Burying progress under rules and technicalities?
6. Recognize that success and failure are two sides of the same coin. When we've done our best, whether we get accolades for an outstanding win or have to start from the beginning, every attempt teaches us something. Don't get so scared that you never try anything again!
7. At the end of an idea (whether it dies or comes to life), consider the next step. Is this a winner that needs to explode into broader possibilities? Did you scrape through by the skin of your teeth so it's time to end here? Did you lose the shirt off your back? Ask, what lessons did we learn? What skills did we acquire? On a team, who is weak and who is strong? Whom can we count on and who let us down?
And then be willing to ask, "WHAT'S NEXT?" as you wait for God to bring his creative and meticulous direction, working in the world ... through you.