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birds and crunches

16 Sep

i was talking to a colleague the other day about this very topic and i thought it would help me to get my thoughts down here…

DISCLAIMER: THIS ISN’T ABOUT YOU

it’s easy to read a bit too much into the type of dynamic i’m describing – i’m not concerned about individuals in this case (or many, many others), just the dynamic it creates.  So here goes…on the teams that i have worked with, and this pretty much includes my entire scholastic and professional career, there are the people who prep early (early birds) and those who prep late (crunch time).  variety is the spice of life, i don’t really care which one a person is, but i was thinking about how based on this work preference it impacts the other group.  like anyone who took biology and studied dominant and recessive traits i made my little chart and it looks like, at best, both are bothered equally, but at worst the early birds are more “inconvenienced” if you will.  i know its hard for a crunch time to conceive thinking about something due in a month, but it’s also a hassle for early birds to have to address issues at the last minute that they think should have been covered weeks ago.  i thought about it in two terms: work being done and planning.  if the work is done early then it satisfies both early and late.  if the work is done late it only becomes and issue with the early.  if the planning is done early the lates prefer not to think like that, if the planning is done late then the early birds are already at their wits end, or have done the planning already.  am i muddling it all up?  like most things i like to think about, there’s no right way, but it is important to realize that when early birds and crunch times work together, their prefered mode of planning and working is going to be an issue, at some point, with those who fall on the other side.  so what’s the solution?  really, what is it?

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “birds and crunches

  1. Heather Tate

    September 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Meet in the middle. Early bird plan two weeks later than necessary, and crunch time, plan two weeks early than you would. Really, I have no idea.

     
  2. texasbuckeye

    September 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    what if two weeks isn’t enough time for the early birds? or perhaps too early for the lates. something i didn’t mention is the resentment that can build when this situation arises. sad part is, and i really believe this, that being early or being late is just our nature and i think its a lot harder to change than we give credit for.

     

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