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You Have Ideas: Put Them Into Start, Stop Continue
Start, Stop, Continue is one of my favorite brainstorming and organizing techniques.
I use it often in executive coaching discussions, and over the past month, I’ve been using it to spring clean my mind and my business.
Let me explain.
I’m sure you’ve found yourself feeling like this at some time, probably recently.
You want to say something, you need to tackle something, you have something brewing in your mind, you have ideas for brainstorming yet somehow putting them on paper or in a Miro board or typing them feels too hard.
The problem seems too big to get ideas out. Because your ideas feel small. Or too simple. Or too few for, again, a big problem.
You have stuff to say, but you need categories or prompts to begin to organize and validate your thoughts.
This is where and how the model of Start, Stop, Continue comes to your rescue.
It’s as simple as it looks and sounds.
What is it about the word “executive” that makes many of us nervous? Why is it so
difficult to walk into a C-level person’s office and have a conversation?
The executives at your company are people just like you, but their responsibilities and
stresses are vastly different from yours, which can make you feel that you’re walking on eggshells when you speak with them.
How you operate with your manager isn’t how you operate with the CEO, founder, or
co-founder. And how you speak with these folks isn’t how you speak with the members
of your team.
Working with people with “big” titles isn’t rocket science or brain surgery. And while it’s
smart business to realize you do need to work with them differently than you work with your team or even your peers, that doesn’t mean you need to completely change the way you act when in front of that title.
Remember that execs are people, too, and so, treat them as such. As...
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