Justin and I work well together. We’ve known each other for a few years now. We are developing a training course which we will be delivering in a few days as part of the Rural Cultural Business Innovation Programme. Things are going well. We have a good number of organizations signed up but the clock is ticking.
I can feel the pressure of the weight of stuff that is still to be done. It is gnawing away at me like a terrier. My task list is getting longer and the days are getting fewer. At times I think we are not going to make it yet, deep down, I know that this is the pressure in which I thrive.
But my approach doesn’t always work. I want to do and I know that Justin does too, yet sometimes he wants us to talk things through, to get the right and better decisions. He is right, he is saying to me exactly what I would say to my team in my last role. I know it but it does nothing to relieve me of my tension. Somehow I feel that this is different, our necks are on the line, yet is it?
We are different people. His needs are not the same as mine and this is why we will work as a team. It is the combination of our strengths that will make us win. Sometimes he is in search and I am too much in execute but we need to let things emerge through creative dialogue. We need to find a way to accommodate both of our styles.
I apologised for my approach and he sent me a picture of where the brown waters of the Amazon meet the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In the middle of the photo is a dolphin. That is where we need to be.
We need to be more dolphin.