Enjoying the Journey

When Paul and I co-founded Idee 7 years ago and started building the team to develop our visual search software I used to wake up in the middle of the night thinking that there was so much to do that sleeping was kind of a pain in the neck. I would get home exhausted at 2 AM and toss and turn for hours as I was thinking about schedules, action items, the team etc. It became extremely exhausting and I became unproductive. I had to sit myself down one weekend and start looking at how to improve things. I spent most of my career in project management so managing schedules and teams is no foreign territory and what works and what does not is not that hard to figure out but I was becoming prisoner of my action items and projects schedules. I was not delegating anything. I could do it so it ended up on my desk. I also realized that before Idee I used to sit down with my teams and talk through projects, pick areas of focus and drive the deliveries that way. Once action items were selected we solely focused on these and got things done. I realized that I needed to go back to weeding my huge lists and focusing. I quickly re-learned what I had been preaching all my life: focus and being there in the moment and making sure that you give 100% to the task currently at hand. I feel terrible right now because I will be out of the office for 2 weeks at a time when very exciting things are happening… but them I realize that now is the time to focus on the task at hand: the MDS. I know I have an incredible team in the Idee team. The Idealists will be keeping the hive humming…

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