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Maypop Grove 2022 - Why this and why now?

Updated: Apr 13

I've been struggling.

I think a lot of us have been in the industry of delivering change. Professional consultants, professional project managers.

This has not been an easy time.

And as I'm asking “what's my best way to contribute”, I'm coming up with this, and I'm coming up with it for a couple of key truths that I'm arriving at. And maybe you agree with me and maybe you don't, but let's see if we've got common ground.

First, I believe that there is no one right way to do something.

Fighting about that is a waste of time. The only constraints we have to consider are the things that prevent us from doing everything. So rather than saying, this is the right way, or that is the right way, I'm looking for ways for us to do all the things so that we can get the best potential benefits and let things naturally sort themselves out.

Secondly, There are a lot of people making a lot of noise right now.

And I'm trying to listen. I've actually spent the last year doing more listening than speaking in places like LinkedIn and things like that. I want to see what's out there and if there are actually new stories, or if we're talking to ourselves. Depending on your perspective, you might have a point of view on that like I do. But I'm trying to make sure that when I'm speaking, it has value.

And lastly, history has a lesson. History tells us that the way out of whatever we need to get out of is through a million increments of progress, lots and lots of little things getting done. (And then in hindsight, a few big things take the credit.)

But it's those million little things that have to get done. so we need a lot of people getting a lot of good things done.

My personal challenge? Just like everybody else, every day I'm knocked back on my heels, shaking my head and asking, "how can I help with this new fresh thing??"

And what I've come to is this:

My best impact is through sharing what I've learned so far.

And then after that, I may decide to do some other things.

But right now, in this moment, the best impact I can have, the widest reach I can have, I believe, in an ethical way, is to pause and share what I've learned.

And then if you find it valuable, awesome. We've done something good here and hopefully I've been an accelerator.

So why me? Who am I?

We work on bio's all the time and I’ve got one of my taglines here.

I'm a professional consultant who has invested in my credibility as a way to maintain my own confidence and professional fuel to help others grow in their own paths and contributions.

I've been around a while. I've had over 30 years of listening, learning, leading and advising at more than 50 organizations across a wide range of industries, local to international. And I've been teaching graduate and postgraduate delivery management and sustainability for over 10 years, reaching over 2300 professionals personally and thousands more through self-paced and virtual programs.

In that time, so many of you, clients, students, colleagues, have asked me for something like this, pushing me to commit to the conversation that we know we need. And it's taken a long time as I struggled with the most authentic way to do this. I'm not interested in just making noise. Instead, I want to help.

I want to be that voice of reason. I want to be that perspective that unlocks you and resets you and gives you that sense of,

“Yeah. I do know how to do this. I can be trusted with this!”


“ I have the right motivation to be in this room at this time, serving a purpose, which is to help people get amazing things done to the best of our capability and the resources at hand.”

I know that that's what most of us really want. to feel proud of at the end of the day. And if I can help you do that, and if we can get something done together, then I've been doing the right thing. And so have you.

And that's a good place to start.

So let's get started.

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