It can be hard to avoid the big mistakes consultants make if you’re blind to the potholes. I’m sharing my own messy story to help you avoid some of the dips in the road in which I tripped and faltered.
I tried not to stare, but I was intrigued. I was on the beach in Fiji, mesmerized by the sparkling clear blue water, and on either side of me there were young women taking endless selfies. Self absorbed to the max, determined to get just the right photo to post as evidence of their absolute perfection. Kind of reminded me of what I often see in the corporate world where there is an intense fear of taking leadership beyond the illusion of perfection. As if telling the whole truth could potentially get you fired or eliminate any possibility of success.
Imagine the scene: My kids are in the back of the car and I’m in the front seat with my husband. We’re driving down some of the most beautiful coastline in the world on the way to our family summer holiday. Every turn is more beautiful than I could ever imagine. I oohh and ahhh and ask, “Kids! Did you see that? Can you believe how gorgeous this is? Look up!” I am met with some grunts from the back that sound like “yeah” but their eyes rarely leave their iPad screens. They are missing the amazing experience right in front of them.