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birds and crunches

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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what i learned today…

this digression is intentional, so go with me on this one…i was getting the kids ready to go this morning and my youngest decided to drop her milk and waffle to venture over to a toy garbage truck.  happens all the time, right?  i didn’t give it much thought until my drive in to work when i pondered the idea of dropping something so important (food!) in favor of a toy.  i started to think about some other choices that people make that don’t make lots of sense to me, don’t fit the logic by which i generally live my life.  i suppose it boils down to a very simple edict ‘what is important to me, isn’t going to be important to others’.  the converse may be the more important lesson for me – what others find important won’t always jive with what i consider to be a priority.  working with people is tough, i think we often overlook the challenge that working closely with others sometimes pose to our modes of operation.  don’t get me wrong, variety is the spice of life and i enjoy working in a social setting, but simplifying situations when dealing with others can be dangerous.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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