We work hard in our organizations on projects to build new products and services, or affect some kind of change. We are also constantly on the lookout for ways to make the work go faster by removing impediments and improving efficiencies. Techniques like value stream mapping analyze the value-adding activities and the non-value adding activities to identify queues and waste in our processes that can then be eliminated. Looking at our contributions and opportunities for efficiencies is like considering our work as a machine and trying to lubricate it so it will go faster and run more smoothly.
However, this view misses who is driving your work: you. In effect, we watch the work, but not the worker. It is you that drives the contributions you make on the project.
Attempts to improve and optimize the project may not be as productive as improving our own performance. So, instead of oiling the process, increasing our capability is a great way to improve output.
Now with a bigger and better you, your project performance will improve.
This is “Project You,” the improvement and investment in yourself. “Project You” should come first, but often it is relegated to second or third choice (or forgotten completely) as work and home pressures take over. However, I invite you to consider “Project You” as
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