For a few months I have been doing a contract for a reputable firm in the media space. A bit old, a bit stade, and frankly, not all that good at technology. Initially I was brought in to sort out the website launch from one of its most venerable titles. Blimey it had gone wrong, costs out of control, timelines no longer timely, staff stressed. It looked a disaster, but frankly was easy peasy to sort out. All it needed was a bit of calm, I’m good at calm, a bit of common sense and a very sparing use of the words “No” and “Yes” in the right context.
Its funny how many people get no and yes confused, hey ho.
Any way, it was a fairly easy three months. Got the website launched, re-organised the team, and left them a roadmap for the next six months that was eminantely deliverable so long as they stayed calm and said no and yes at the right times.
As a reward I was given another problem child. This one overfed, quite grumpy and liable to tantrums. My liesurely life as a consultant has vanished. I’m still a consultant, but this time I’m more than a bit busy. Not in a bad way, but… All it will take is a bit of calm, a bit of common sense and a very sparing use of the words “No” and “Yes” in the right context. Just more of it!