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When the Honeymoon is Over...

Guidance for projects, Buy in

Any development of quality is going to take time.

You are delivering projects that are making a difference. There's no significant change or value delivered overnight, and it’s vital that you bare this in mind. If you're delivering quality and value,  you need to plan, you need to formulate a proper strategy, you need to consult- there's lots to take in. You will get tired. The team will get tired.

In this blog post we tell you how to roll with the punches and deliver greatness.


Hurdles, barriers and jumping over the lot!

What you'll find is you're going to have several implementation meetings, lots of communications, and an implementation team, all managed over email, telephone, Skype or a project management system. There's going to be barriers from certain people, because that's human nature and they don't really want to do something because they fear change, or the barriers are legitimate, maybe financial, maybe personal, or they could be culture changes or culture barriers. You and your implementation team are going to hit these barriers a lot. It’s normal.

honeymoon persistence working as a team organisation

Once you're over that initial excitement of starting your project and delivering this great change, what we call ‘the honeymoon period’, there might be a dip in motivation or drive from yourself and the team. That's natural. When that happens, you have to immediately break this mentality. There's a few ways you can do it.

  • Google different mindset techniques and see what works for you.
  • Enthusiasm is infectious and people respond to it in a big way. As the head lead on the project, you need to remain enthusiastic about the project. If you get down about it, that will catch on to your team.
  • Look after yourself; you've got to be rested. Try not to host a meeting when you're tired. Eat, sleep and drink water. It’s basic human advice, but without your natural energy, you can’t give yourself to this project.
  • Remind yourself how far you’ve come. It’s an important process to make notes or records of all your small victories, or ‘mini-wins’.  Check out our mini wins article. Anything that felt like progress, or a gain is a victory. One or two of these notes won’t account for much, but 30-40 will make you feel like you’re doing something really significant. You can share these with your team to boost morale.
  • The downtimes are character building, they improve your endurance and will show your mettle when you bounce back! Daniel, Warp It’s Founder says “When I was a kid, my dad used to take my brother and I walking for miles and miles in the rain. I’d be damp and miserable wondering when we’d be getting back to camp. Now, when me and my brother look back on these times, we realise how much we grew, how much character was built on this paths.’
  • Right now, maybe you can’t tell that you’re growing, but others can. Seek feedback from somebody above you, or brainstorm with your team. Keep their brains ticking and make sure everyone is still engaged and invested. The enjoyment has not gone forever, it just comes in ebbs and flows.
  • Measure the impact you’re having, not the impact you aren’t having. Take the progress you’ve made, measure it, publish it, and then use it as a launchpad to build off. With a few thousand in savings, you can make financial comparisons and start to show the bigger picture. If you’ve got 10 users and you save £2,000 a month, you can begin to show the potential that 100 users could have, and try to find those extra people to buy-in.

 

For ten tips to keep persistent when the honeymoon period is over, download our brand new guide below:

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Persistence Quotes to inspire you

Winston Churchill is particularly inspirational on this front. After London endured 57 consecutive bombings by the Germans during World War II (the Blitzkrieg), he was invited to address a group of students. In that speech, he uttered his immortal line

"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up.”

 

More....

 

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Napoleon Hill

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou

 

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Bill Bradley


Paralyze resistance with persistence.

Woody Hayes

About the Author..

Joseph Kennedy

Joseph Kennedy

My journey is education, communication and innovation. My destination is a world free from environmental collapse, ecological ruin and unbreathable air.

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