I’m pleased to say that one of my recent blog articles has been published on “Bridging-the-gap.com”, where I have contributed as a guest author. I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.
A few months ago one of my favourite bands, The Scissor Sisters, were playing in my home town here in the UK. I bought some tickets as soon as they were released, and I wasn’t disappointed – they put on an excellent show.
During the show, just before they sang one of their most popular songs, they thanked their crew and the “roadies” that help keep them sane throughout the tour. As they were introducing their song “I don’t feel like dancing”, Jake (the lead singer) explained that when they are on tour, visiting countless venues in different countries, sometimes they just don’t feel like dancing. They love their music, they love what they do, yet some days they just don’t feel like performing. It’s those around them that give them the energy to continue. This support allows them to get psyched up and put on an outstanding show every night.
I wouldn’t for one moment compare the art of Business Analysis to the art of surviving a world tour… however, sometimes it does feel like there’s an element of performance in our work. There are times when we need to be “on stage” facilitating a workshop, playing back a requirements document or meeting stakeholders for the first time. All of this requires an element of extraversion and an element of energy. To do it well, it’s necessary to build rapport and build relationships. Yet it has to be said that not all analysts are natural extraverts (I know I’m certainly not).
This leads to a challenge. Sometimes you might be on your way to work on a Monday morning knowing you have a couple of stakeholder interviews booked, followed by a workshop that you’ll be facilitating, followed by a week of stakeholder interactions. If it’s raining, you’re tired and you just aren’t in extravert mode (or, as the Scissor Sisters might say, you “don’t feel like dancing”) what can you do?
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