Brad has given me permission to share our email exchange, which I believe will be relevant to many class members. His basic question is around how to have a conversation about a client about potential OMP topics, when it is normal that, once learners start working with their advisors their topics can shift a bit.
I am going to be meeting with a potential OMP "client" next weekFr. om our correspondence so far, I suspect they may be focused on marketing.
One of the things that had previously struck me from your presentation was that the research question could be on something so narrow as crafting a social media strategy, which incidentally, might be both be something the clients needs to improve on and something that I've done a couple times already in my career.
My question is to how best set their expectations given I'm not entirely sure of the desired scope of OMPs myself. Is it possible for an OMP to narrowly focus on something I was already proficient on before entering the MBA? I would hope to stretch my learning a bit of course, and also be able to tell the client that I'd need to explore their management issues more broadly and touch on a variety of matters... without dismissing their own assessment or preferences (or my own skillset for that matter). My worry is that a client might be dismissive of editing the focus especially if they "assign" me to deal a specific director as the point of contact based on where they already know their organizational weakness to be.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have - hope this is understandable and my anxiety isn't showing too much. Much appreciated!