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Sand or Glass?

#business performance #empowerment coaching #mindfulleadership #mindfulness #reporting Mar 15, 2022
 

Hi, my name is Lori West, founder of Business Brilliance, and I empower people like you to take charge of your career.

I want to welcome you to Video Three in our series on reporting.

Today we’re going to get you to choose between Sand and Glass. It will all become clear later, and the pun is definitely intended.

Firstly, I want to say thank you to all the generous people who responded to our poll. You know who you are, and I appreciate your input.

As a little reminder, we asked you what it was about reporting that caused the most friction within you. The options were:

It’s boring
It’s time-consuming
You’re not interested in what others are doing
You can’t see the point.

Thankfully, you were able to see the point, and you were interested in what others are doing.

Some of you thought it was a boring task, and you’d rather spend your time working on creative pursuits.

But the vast majority of you found it to be time-consuming.

This is interesting, because it reveals something very important about your conversation around reporting. It’s the CONVERSATION you’re having about reporting, not the reporting itself, that’s creating the friction, a little like rough sand on skin.

So what would happen if you turned the sand into glass? You’d remove the resistance, and you’d also gain a window onto other areas of your life where you have a similar conversation.

Finances, for instance, both personal and professional, is an area that immediately springs to mind. Where are you taking a hit as a result of your conversation that reporting on your finances is time-consuming?

And what about your relationships with clients or business partners? How are these relationships being impacted by your conversation around reporting?

You may even be missing several tricks with your strategy that could mean the difference between a little and a lot of success in your career.

How?

Well, think about the purpose of reporting. What is it really designed to do?

Reporting fulfils a number of different useful functions, including:

  • Communicating results, often to stakeholders but also to oneself
  • Recording status at a point in time
  • Measuring performance and progress
  • Providing guide for future action

Now, when you consider this list of functions, you may be saying to yourself, “Yes… and… it’s still time-consuming.”

But this list is missing a very important function of reporting, one that, when you discover it, you’ll look at reporting in an entirely new way.

When I got it for myself, I was both shocked and excited. I got over the conversation that it’s boring and time-consuming, and I started to value the process in a whole new way.

Since that moment, I have actively looked forward to Fridays when I take care of my reporting. And here’s the thing: I do it entirely for myself!

Who knew reporting could be so valuable?

And remember, the point of this exercise is not to start berating yourself for your approach to reporting. The point is to get curious.

Start digging. In and among all the sand and dirt lies the treasure, and this time it’s more than glass. It’s gold.

But you’ve got to be willing to do the work to actually look for it — and find it.

I want to help you discover the value of reporting for yourself. Would you like to convert the rough friction of sand into a smooth surface like glass?

I recommend you watch out for video 4 next week, when I’ll show you how to change your conversation around reporting.

If you want to share what you discover, pop it in the comments or DM me.

And let me know if you’ve found this of value.

I look forward to seeing you next week. In the meantime… be brilliant.

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