A sunrise workout where David worked us each into a pool of sweat. Morning meetings. Research. Two lunch meetings. Afternoon brainstorming session that felt more like pulling teeth than creative banter.
By the time our 4pm, and final meeting for the day arrived, David and I were exhausted – mentally and physically, headed into what would turn out to be the most difficult interview yet.
The interview with the Chief Accountant was critical to understanding some of the resource allocation issues we’ve been charged with attacking, but less than two minutes into the meeting it was clear that our target interviewee was not at all comfortable with English, and we weren’t going to make any progress until Jane, the HR Manager, was able to finish another meeting and join us to translate.
My mind – and notepad – were bursting with questions for her, but I couldn’t seem to put any of them into simple enough vocabulary that she would understand. I stared at David. He stared back at me. I tried another question. She stared at me blankly.
I looked back at David – and saw the light bulb go off. He drew five faces on his notepad, frowns and smiles, and asked “How do you like Sharp Ideas?”
She nodded, then pointed to a face. Finally, we were able to continue with questions and take the conversation forward until Jane arrived.
10 Points: Global Mindset.