The idea of finishing up, getting to the end of a project or the like is not new to this blog, for example see the post “End of the line” (click here to read).
Right now, let’s look at the concept of finishing up with emphasis on the final segment of an endeavour bringing the work to a close.
It is possible to imagine much time and effort being set aside for the initial phases of a project. Once underway, the work will take on its own identity and momentum carries it forward.
However, with the end in sight it is easy to shift attention to the query ‘What comes next?’ as opposed to finishing up with the same level of concentration present at the start.
Little details are liable to be overlooked with the proverbial eyes off the ball. We might experience a slowing down on the part of those involved as resistance to end a now-comfortable assignment features amongst the participants.
Letting go of something is difficult when there is a certain level of attachment towards it. Finishing up may even mean a breakup of a work group.
Finishing up is nonetheless a key part of any undertaking and deserves as much focused input as earlier segments of the activity.
Given the recipients of our work will most likely take away an impression of us based on the final interaction, this alone should motivate us to give our all also whilst finishing up.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).