Admittedly, I drive my wife absolutely crazy. I’ve carried my work habits home to my domestic life. I like to say that I am not a “Plan A” type of guy. Whereas she is absolutely a “this is ‘The Plan’ and I don’t care if I have to personally force the world go with my plan and make it bend to my personal will – it’s going to happen that way” type of person…which almost always works because her knowledge and instincts are dead-on right. But essentially, we don’t approach things the same way.
Early on in my professional life I started out as a high school social studies teacher and basketball coach. I put meticulous planning into my lesson, practice and game plans. I quickly discovered that whenever you are dealing with kids, that a monkey wrench can quickly be thrown into the way you “planned to do it” – which can completely derail your success. I kept finding myself making contingency plans in advance (Plan B, C & D) and then just rolling with what works best.
I also discovered in coaching, that I was really pretty good at making adjustments on the fly with strategy. I could find the opposing team’s weakness, figure out a plan to exploit it and implement it. I was especially good at doing this after the first quarter of games. Sometimes these tactics lead to slow starts that don’t pan out so successfully early on. But it’s not like I’m a boxer getting knocked out in the first round.