On Being Deliberate

De-lib-er-ate
[adj. dih-lib-er-it; v. dih-lib-ur-reyt]

  • Carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional
  • To think carefully or attentively; reflect. (courtesy of dictionary.com)

Here at Slate, we are embracing this word and its meaning. Oh, we’ve had best intentions of adhering to its principles, but life and work and everything in between provides regular distractions.

We want to thank a client for making us aware of a term and practice that is easy to adopt: squirreling. You are happily chatting and planning something deep and interesting with colleagues when, all of a sudden, someone in the group gets sidetracked, as if an acorn just fell off a branch. What happens? You go investigate that acorn. You turn it around, you crack it open, you pass it around the group then…. you realize that the acorn is not going to help accomplish anything in that conversation! Bad squirrel! This kind of behavior can reach into many corners of a business, not just meetings, especially for newer businesses.

How can we be more deliberate?

  1. Stop. This is something we don’t normally do well. Saying no and stopping is just not in our DNA, but we have, for a moment, in our Slate way, stopped. We are going back to our dusty business plan and original intentions of starting our own public relations firm to really dig into why we are here.
  2. Share. Regarding said business plan, and knowing more now than we did six months ago, how are things going for a group of individuals with different styles, approaches and hot buttons.
  3. Create. There is never a bad time to create new ideas, new road maps, or new strategies. Taking charge of your work seems so much easier when you stop, share and become intentional.
  4. Celebrate. Take time to celebrate the differences, the commonalities and the shared successes. It’s so easy to just give a pat on the back or compliment a colleague. Slate is committed to celebrating the accomplishments of each other and our clients.

There are probably ten or so more things we are doing to be more deliberate, but we want to hear from you and learn from your experiences of removing obstacles, shutting down distractions, locking up the squirrel within, and being deliberate.

Leave us a note or comment, we’re listening!

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