It’s that classic job interview question, ‘describe your weaknesses’ and the classic response ‘I’m a perfectionist’ or ‘I expect too much of myself’. We all know that the interviewee has a range of other weaknesses but of course they aren’t going to list them when applying for a job. Once they are ensconced in the role their true character emerges and everyone just has to live with it.
I have often talked (too often you might think) about how lengthy one’s personal strategic plan can end up becoming. We have a future in our mind’s eye and we can see the steps we need to take but it really never is as straightforward as that and I have been reminded of this in recent weeks for all sorts of reasons.
I’m fascinated by people’s priorities now that lockdown has eased a little. Besides the long-awaited chance to see family and friends more easily and in larger numbers, haircuts, pints in pubs, meals out and sport have featured very heavily both in the press and in conversations. I have been pleased to go to London a couple of times (much as I have loved spending time at home with my family) for a change of scene and a chance to catch up with people who aren’t related to me.
There is a lot of talk about confidence at the moment. Confidence in governments, confidence in scientists, in the hope of a vaccine, in the economy, in the medical profession. We talk to one person and they are bullish about everything getting back to normal with minimal long-term damage. It makes us think we could plan a party. We talk to the next person and we hear an end-of-days perspective which makes us wonder whether anything will ever be normal again.
I saw a video on LinkedIn recently in which two women were crouching behind their shop counter doing a little victory dance after selling one of their products. It highlighted the enormous difference just a few sales can make to a small business and I could certainly relate to it, both as a customer and as a business owner.