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100 day plan with Group 8020 (further ruminations)

On August 2nd covering , ,

This is the interesting part for me: Where there’s this wonderful interplay of content and process.

Part of the project is to understand, as a participant-observer, what’s so effective about Mark’s 100-day plan. It will necessitate my being relatively transparent about my experience, in blog form, which definitely is out of my comfort zone. There’s a wonderful freeing humility in saying “I can’t do this by myself”. There are many threads to this.

Because Mark is a consultant as well and I’ll have the experience from the perspective of the client, it’ll help me understand more about how to offer my value to the people & organizations to whom I want to make myself useful.

Acknowledging that an outsider can help can be difficult. I’m used to going to colleagues — psychologists and psychoanalysts — for help and training. Mark’s base of knowledge and experience is completely different, which gives him a chance to offer me something truly new. I’ll probably have some culture-shock to deal with. This parallels the experience of the musicians, artist managers, tech-sector entrepreneurs, etc who are used to relying on their own tribe and need to wrap their minds around allowing a psychoanalyst to help them with their organizations. The fact that I bring a different frame of reference allows me to see things they don’t.

Another challenge of the transparency thing is that I have to live with the eventuality that some of my patients will find the blog. I can’t know ahead of time if this will be problematic or not. My main hope is that it not interfere with anyone’s treatment. I do embrace the tradition that says that it’s best to keep the frame of psychoanalysis or psychotherapy as uncluttered as possible. There are good reasons for this. So I don’t put up photos of my family in my office or reveal unnecessary things about myself. Still, I need to overcome this as an inhibition to doing the work I want to do, and to putting my writing and thinking out there. I will observe some limits to what I discuss in this space. I’m not primarily writing about me anyway — I’m writing about a process.

A few simple observations on how the 100-day program is effective:

  • The 100 day deadline is long enough to do something big, but still creates urgency to shift from “someday” to “gotta get it done now”
  • It’s the relationship that does it, in psychoanalysis, education, management, and coaching. Mark has a certain knack. He’s generous, quick, and gets right to the point. He inspires confidence.
  • There’s nothing like accountability.
  • 100 days is long enough to go through the enthusiasm/slump cycle a few times to learn how to sustain momentum.

We’ll learn more as we go.

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