Have you been to the balcony?

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In an interview at this year’s Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Church, William Ury, author of Getting to Yes, suggests that in negotiations, sometimes you need to “go to the balcony” to get a larger perspective before you can resolve your differences.

I would argue that the same principle applies to projects.

Projects or plans tend to flow through stages, from planning to implementation to confusion. At that confusion stage, we are mired so deep in the details that we often lose sight of the original vision.

For example, I have been working on a training project for work for Team Leaders. The material goes through all sorts of details and expectations of the job, but a co-worker asked when I was going to add the part teaching them to be leaders. What a huge part to leave out!

Definitely a point where I needed to “go to the balcony” and see the scope of that training material.

No matter whether you are developing a new product, creating a marketing campaign, or planning a birthday party, you can improve the process by taking a step back and reviewing what you are trying to achieve.

Then you can recalibrate, dig back in and complete the project with wild success.