I’ve used this video to explain to many people the different aspects of how difficult some situations might be. It doesn’t matter which area, food, technology, leadership, project management, etc… it all feels like herding cats.
I was trying to organize my life and the many facets. Now that I’ve taken the lead on a couple things I remembered the video. I’m just glad it’s still up. What’s funny is that there was a time I had to collaborate with EDS on a project and yes, it was like herding cats.
After many years of herding cats, I realized that communication is key. At the same time I’ve learned that people communicate/receive information differently. There are at least 5 different ways I send out messages to try and reach a broader span of people. The important thing to do is include all the information in a manner that reaches majority of the population and then send your follow up messages that say the same thing that target another population–rinse and repeat.
Think of how you leave voice messages or how people leave messages for you. How much detail to they put in their message? How much detail do you leave?
I realized a lot of this from a True Colors workshop I attended. Take a look at their theory: http://www.truecolors.org.