I’ve struggled to find relevant topics for a while now. It was far easier for me to post good stuff while at SAP because it was part of my job. It is far harder to at Mead Johnson because the most interesting material is best left unaired. I’ll try to throw out nuggets where I can, but I’ll need to be discreet.
I hope that I’ve found a better “hook” to keep me posting on leadership and project management — having my New Year’s Resolutions focus on building capabilities. I went through a litany of ideas — weight loss, exercise, savings, etc. — when I realized that these were pretty abstract goals. In fact, most were essentially measures without any reference to the capabilities I should get from them.
Call it a flash of inspiration or a flight of fancy, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution for 2010 would be to build the capability to dunk again by year-end. I’m in the midst of building deliverables and measures to support that goal. I’ll post on my baseline shortly!
Why dunking? As I watched a college hoops game last week, I realized that it had been 20 years (plus) since I had dunked a basketball. In fact, that would be about the last time I had motored around the court with any purpose. Watching that game reminded me why so many of my New Year’s Resolutions had failed. They had been abstract objectives — tied to deliverables or capabilities — that failed to inspire or motivate me.