"A clear vision of the future requires a sharp contrast between what is, and what could be. Much of the online conversation about the video has centered on which catcalling behaviors are inappropriate. This isn’t a worthless conversation, but it muddles the point. By including both marginal (friendly greetings from strangers) and clearly inappropriate behaviors (invading her personal space for 5 minutes), the creators of the video lose control of the narrative. Here’s a sticky headline we could use: Catcalling is bullying. Real men treat women with dignity and respect. This message increases the contrast between the current state and the desired future state. We could create an even sharper distinction by cutting out the marginal behaviors, leaving in the most inappropriate behaviors, and adding in examples of gentlemen treating Shoshana like a lady. A meaningful call to action clarifies the most desirable behaviors—the ones that will make the biggest difference in driving change." Our realistic approach to Project Management drives responsibility through clarity using these project scheduling steps:
- Clearly and often, tell others what the purpose (ROI) is for the project. People connect when they know why they are needed.
- Stop guessing how long a task will take, especially for someone else's task. It's a big lie and disrespectful.
- Work back from the end date or forward from the start date and ask people if they can be responsible for hitting that date.
- A schedule contains all the work to be done simply: One Task, For One Person, Due on One Date.
Kevin Eikenberry, author of Bud to Boss (and other books), quotes Richard Bach:
"If it's never your fault, you can't take responsibility for it. And if you can't take responsibility for it, you'll always be its victim."
Kevin continues with these suggestions to drive clarity:
- When looking at any situation, determine what role you played in it.
- Look for what you could do differently to improve the outcome next time.
- Take responsibility and you will create better results.
Clarity drives responsibility and creates connection