…hard to remember these acronyms, especially what they stand for, who are the people behind them, and it’s even harder to stay on top of the schedule. We’ve had meetings after meetings with the representatives of eight industry associations, with IDB and with MINECO. No wonder that by 2pm on Friday we were all exhausted and were completely perplexed on what to do when two meetings came up for the same time.
This week we realized the power and importance of personal meetings. Some associations despite our constant calls and e-mails did not seem to be eager to communicate with us. However once on the ground and popping up in their offices, they were welcoming us with wide-open arms. I can proudly state that we built great relationship with all of them, but what is even a greater success that we managed to bring different actors together at a table and get them to start a forward-looking communication.
By the end of the week we had a wonderful learning experience when we had to face a text book example of resistance. It was very challenging but at the same time sooo exciting! Like a Nascar driver not knowing the curves ahead, but yet taking those curves very well and maintaining the speed. I had to admit that I was sweating a bit, but we did take the curves well, and managed to come out of the meeting achieving our needs – while the other party got what they wanted as well. And that’s where we are now…armed with a consultant’s experience ready for the coming weeks’ challenges.