When we have a good idea, we often want to stick to the exact plan in our minds. We worry that if we give authority to other people, the project will fail because they don’t have the same passions and visions that we do. However, if our idea is meant to serve other people, it is absolutely essential that we include those affected in the planning process. According to Getrude Matshe If we stick entirely to our own plans and disregard the input of those that we serve, the project is bound to fail.
Getrude Matshe is an inspirational speaker who is currently spearheading women’s economic forum in NM and involved globally. Getrude is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and find their individual life purpose. This makes her an energetic, inspirational and enlightening speaker. Getrude has written several books and is now a book writing coach. She is currently living in New Mexico, Lecturing part time at UNM while researching and writing her first screen play and is an Independent Film maker.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode!
- How you can determine which people to have at your side when you’re in the idea-developing part of creating a plan or project
- How relinquishing full control over your ideas may actually lead to their success
- How you can recover when your ideas are rejected by others
- Why it is important to have flexibility and ‘lead from behind’ to get greater results
More About Gertrude
Something Getrude has learned over years of creating innovative, unique projects is is that you must be selective in who you share your dreams with. She compares a budding idea to a fetus; “if you’re pregnant, you nurture that baby, make sure nothing happens to it.” She explains that an idea can be destroyed by someone who is unable to see your vision, so it is in your best interest to share only with those who you know will be supportive and can understand the way your mind and actions work. “The minute someone says ‘that’s impossible,’” she explains, “I know I shouldn’t go further with that person- they don’t see it and they don’t get it.” This is a great insight to recognize, because it helps to iterate that it is not your idea that is weak, it is simply a failure of two minds to see the same vision.
While Getrude is particular about who she shares her ideas with in the beginning stages, once the ball is rolling she knows through experience that she must be willing to turn the project over to those it impacts most. “I’ve learned to manage from behind,” she says, explaining, “I’ve always found the more you can give people responsibility, the more you can empower them.” In this way, the individuals she gives responsibility to step up to fulfill the needs of the project and become inspired by both their own empowerment and the success of the work. This also helps to put Getrude and the people that she works with on the same plane. Instead of her coming in and forcing her ideas on others, everyone has equal input. This method has worked again and again, she explains, and she is “always pleasantly surprised by what the women come up with themselves.”
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