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Listening Time:

42 min

Episode 140: Lessons from 2021 and Improvements in 2022—with Deb Zahn

2021 was another doozy! But before you run screaming from it...

It's worth taking a look back to grab anything useful you can find for 2022. Like you, I want 2022 to be better, even though there will still be uncertainty and disruptions—and I expect to have a lot of feelings about both!

So in the Craft of Consulting podcast, I share big lessons I learned in 2021 and what I plan to do differently in 2022 to account for what worked and what didn't this last year.


Deb Zahn

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Episode Details

2022 may not be everything you want, but it can be better than 2021 if you apply the lessons you learned from the last year. In this episode, I talk about:

  • Deciding on your top priority, doing it, and then figuring it out how as you go along, instead of waiting until you know how it will work

  • Underestimating the impact of the prolonged pandemic, the state of the world, and other issues on my mental health and ability to function

  • Making adjustments to how I plan and work to account for lower functioning and based on an assessment of what’s working and what’s not

  • Implementing systems and getting help to free up your time and brainpower to do what only you can do

  • Considering ways to get tasks off your to-do list

  • Banning hourly billing in most contracts

  • Contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion work with your clients, even if that’s not what you do as a consultant

  • Leaving Instagram because I don’t want to contribute to what they are doing

  • Knowing that doing the right thing is always the right thing to do

  • Focusing on helping do-gooders do well in 2022

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