Rummy is one of our favourite family card games. For those not familiar with it this site might help http://www.pagat.com/rummy/rummy.html.
My husband and I were mulling over this at breakfast today. To be effective as a consultant you need to be able to spot the opportunities that might ‘win’: you might be lucky enough to win from your starting hand, but it might be something in your hand that you had not spotted straight-away, or a chance card that you pick up on the way and decide to try your luck with. And of course you need to pay attention to what’s going on around you!
Dafydd Wright at RSA http://www.thersagroup.com/ told me to look for any trends in the jobs that I was turning down, because that would be a good indication of what people wanted (and that they thought I could offer something in). I am in fact finding that there is a pattern in the assignments that are coming my way, which luckily I have not been turning down… and they are all to do with business skills for information professionals, and information strategies for business. This isn’t quite the cards I’ve been leading with, but I’m finding it very exciting to reconnect my original Information Management skills, with my business skills. So, I’m reconsidering my ‘usp’..
I’d love to get feedback from the people who know me, and the people who don’t on any aspect of this posting. I like this analogy too, from Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.”