On Being Analytical

The ability to think through every aspect of a change is both a gift and a curse.  Analyze too much and the “go-getters” pass you by, sprinting out to a commanding lead.  Don’t analyze enough and you’ll be running the 1600-meter hurdles instead of the 100-yard dash, stumbling over unanticipated obstacles every 5 steps.

The starting point is defined by a very fine line.  In reference to a significant change in a process or organizational culture, it represents a clear balance of understanding versus being understood.  The moment you sense that balance shift, pull the trigger no matter the level of competition in the field.  Chances are good that you’ll break through the ribbon without noticing a single hurdle.