It is not in my nature to be brief. Fortunately, I have a dear friend and colleague who does a much better job. After hearing me describe in detail a big, hairy change challenge my partner and I are taking on together, she grew silent.
“This isn’t a coaching conversation,” she said, “but two questions come to mind.”
- How do you need to be with each other?
- What can you count on from each other when the going gets tough?
Right now, I am going to evoke my inner Brief Person: If you are engaged in creating change with a team, colleague or someone else you care about, and the change really matters, and there are times it might not be easy and those times might be soon, give these questions a spin.