Widdershins - An old German word meaning "to go against," a synonym for counterclockwise or in a left-handed or contrary direction. It’s the last synonym we are after for its relevance to project work. Do you have team members who are always working in a direction that is not the team direction or consistently take a contrary position? The hard part is trying to figure out whether widdershins team members are right or wrong. Contrarians have their place.
Nautical Twilight – After this post, everyone will know I am not a sailor. In late December as I write this, nautical twilight ends at 5:54 here in our geography. Astronomers and navigators have names for different phases of twilight based on the position of the Sun in relation to the horizon. Nautical twilight occurs when both the horizon and the brighter stars are visible in clear weather conditions, making it possible to navigate at sea. It reminds me that all projects have murky beginnings, times when it is difficult to see the path forward. But there is a time when issues become clearer and the path forward can be determined. And sometimes you just have to wait it out to get clarity.
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