"Everyone you meet knows at least one thing you do not."
I started a journey with this premise and remind myself this most when I think about my day starting. Each morning I look out a hotel window or balcony focused on the air. The smell, the density, the clarity. Every city has its own air just as every person as their own story.
There are so many perspectives on experiences and we all go through. The day starts and I walk down a hallway hearing the children of parents hurrying to prepare for their vacation day and mentally I visit what it may be like in their shoes and the flow of their morning. Turning the corner and, "Excuse me." as I bumped into a cart belonging to someone cleaning a room. A local most likely working the hotel, starting their morning through the back door and then bringing the linens to all of us to start our day.
As the elevator opens and the sounds of plates and silverware clinking I think about the hours that have passed for the people preparing this buffet from cutting fruit to filling coffee and there they are...the people like me that are discussing strategy, sales, and planning for the clients or co-workers they will meet soon.
As I drink my coffee and juice I scan the room each person talking about their ideas about circumstances and how it relates to their own experiences. To visit everyone isn't a possibility, but to realize that every one answer and every idea is a right one. I feel part of cycle that is larger than my own plans for the morning. I am glad to be here.
I've heard it called "People Watching" and it reminds me how silent I've been all morning. As I think about how aware of my surroundings I am I realize how many times I was caught up in a conversation in this same situation unaware of all that buzzed around me. Taking time to think about my coaching and my interactions with the world is a moment I intend more and more often.
As a coach, the more I learn the less I have to say. I realize most answers come right from the source if the story is spoken long enough. In my coaching calls this listening becomes comfort zone and an opportunity to be as present as possible without seeing "where this is going" or "knowing where it has been." The message I wanted to send today was one of story. My story, your story, and their story. Listen. Many of the stories around us just pass by on a city street or a busy hotel lobby and if you're willing to listen, you may be surprised what you learn about yourself.
CSM, CSP, CELC, CPC, PMI-ACP, PMP
Scotty is a CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP, PMP, CELC, and accredited Leadership Gift Coach, and active public speaker. After spending more than 14 years with the military and 9 years working with team structures, he focuses his time on improving organizations and mentoring individuals in scrum, agile, and leadership coaching around continuous improvement and product delivery.