I'm kind of afraid to check my email. Not really. . . well, sort of. It's the day before our final session for the Business Bootcamp. We asked our participants to send in the their presentations so we could take a look. It’s something that is a measure of success on a lot of levels.
Making an ask like this - homework - is the hardest thing we do in a program like this. We have a class of adults. There is a dynamic at play about accountability that can be difficult to navigate. And it’s important to show visible respect in a way that people can feel it. We ask for submissions knowing that we might not get them, but at the end of the day it’s a necessary element of development.
Sitting down to assess your progress in a class is the hardest thing any student has to do. This is especially true of high achievers and perfectionists. These types of people gravitate to the deficiency in their work. . . and they are also disproportionately attracted to being the boss. The presentation highlights all the things you haven’t done yet – even if you have been working like crazy. It’s a moment to decide if the time spent was worth it for you and for some it’s hard to say that it wasn’t.
I empathize with the students in so many ways, but right now I’m feeling the other side of it. I want to take a minute and talk about why this is hard for the instructors.
- When you don't get a submission, you can be sure that the person is struggling. They might not have confidence or be short on time or think that talking about their business is no big deal. All of these things are evidence of the struggle to show up and be engaged. The more we know, the more we can assist.
- The results are the feedback that we need as instructors. Our aim is to give people real knowledge they can take away and turn into better planning and progress in their business. If we can't see what you are doing with the information, we don't know if it works.
- We've asked people to come see the presentations and we want to make sure the people we've asked are of benefit to the participants. So the more we can see about where people are in their development and where they have questions, the better we can do with invitations for people who can help.
So I need to open my email and see who submitted their work. Let’s hope for the best.