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My name is Alan Arnett. I’m the Thinking Partner and Coach you need when you want to make new sense of things. When something has changed. Or something needs to change. Business, technology, work, people. Even yourself. Life is busy, and learning how to refocus is becoming an essential skill.
Sensemaking is something we do all the time. We are wired to make sense of things fast, so we can act quickly. With experience we get very good. So long as the situations we meet match the patterns in our experience, those fast assessments are perfect.
The problems start when things change, and the situation doesn’t quite match what we know. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new job, a new strategy, a new client demand, a pandemic, a new technology – anything at all. What’s at issue is not the thing itself, but whether we can get past our patterns to what’s actually going on, to explore new information, see better options and make better choices. What we do most often is keep trying what we know in different ways, and wonder why we aren’t making an impact.
So, the upside of using patterns is speed and effectiveness. The flipside is it takes effort and practice to learn to notice when a pattern is getting in the way, release your grip on it, and explore alternatives. It’s useful if you can get help from someone whose been practising for a long time, who knows what it takes, and has lots of short cuts.
You may have a specific situation you want more insight into, or you may want to develop your skills at making sense of lots of things. In a world full of noise and complexity, getting better at sensemaking provides more clarity, more choice, and more impact.
Essentially you are trying to make sense of three things in any situation: the challenge itself, the people involved, and your own perceptions. We do get taught elements of each of them, but rarely how they interact, and even more rarely with practical tools and tips for what to do in real time.
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