Being able to adjust to life’s twists and turns is about more than just going with the flow. And it is not just about having contingency plans. I’m all about flow, but sometimes you just need to know when to calibrate. You need to know when to check in with others to see if you’re meeting each other’s expectations.
Today I took a very early morning spin class with a new instructor and it took me 15 minutes to realize that her range of easy, harder, getting tough and gut buster was a four-point scale. The last teacher I had used a full ten-point scale. So this morning, when the instructor said four, she really meant ten.
The same holds true when you start a new job, start working with a new manager or take on a new client. Take the time to understand the expectations and needs of your business relationship. Don’t just discuss or set expectations at the beginning of the relationship or at the time of a formal review. Take the time to periodically check in, recalibrate when needed and you’ll see a lot more success and fewer headaches.