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Business Consulting For The 21st Century Via A Holistic & Intelligent Approach

Horses, water, clients and drinking

Consumed => “7 Common Project Management Problems (And How to Solve Them)” by James Clear on Six Revisions.

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For me the key is commitment and willingness to participate. That is, either a client is or he/she isn’t. If there’s an expectation that you’re somehow going to channel their vision without then just back off. It has been my experience that having patience and waiting for their epiphany is ultimately going to yield the best results.

It’s also important to be sensitive to expectations and setting precedent.  If you over-accommodate (in the name of moving forward) to the point of enabling them (to not commit and not participate) then that’s not good either. For example, in #2 I’m not so sure making it easy for them to make a decision is going to yield the best decision. But it’s the best decision that’s going to prevent #5, right?

Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten to the finish line only to hear, “But this isn’t really what I wanted.” Ironically, those are often the most time/resource consuming, eh? Rare is the client who will admit to subverting their own project. I don’t want to come off as negative—just realistic—but the fact is they’re going to point their finger elsewhere. And I think we all know where that is.

As they say, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.”

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