Back in the dim and distant past, I worked in a highly political organisation. In reality I suspect anywhere there are humans there will be politics, but this organisation had such prolific politicking it was on another level. With so much political posturing—particularly from middle-managers—I felt really exposed as a BA. After all, as BAs we are usually facilitating change, and quite often the sort of change that will affect the ‘empires’ of those that are playing the political game. I started to experience situations where certain stakeholders would have ‘momentary losses of memory’ — they would have agreed to something verbally the previous day, but then all of a sudden they couldn’t recall that conversation at all. Curious.
If there’s one thing that acts as a ‘leveller’ it’s time. However ‘successful’ or ‘rich’ a person is, there is still only 24 hours in their day. And time really does seem to fly by at a rate of knots. I can’t quite believe it’s been ten years—a decade—since I started this blog. You can read the first ever article ‘Taking the Customer’s Viewpoint’ here, although to be honest I wouldn’t bother—it’s pretty awful :). As with any skill, blog writing takes time to develop, and some of my early work is—well—a bit cringe-worthy. It does, however, show a journey.
I am what I sometimes like to describe as a somewhat “reluctant” driver. I have never really enjoyed driving, and since I live in a very congested city it is something that I’ll avoid doing if at all possible.
One thing that I find particularly curious is the seemingly ubiquitous phenomenon of “road rage”. We’ve probably all seen instances of this play out on the road, for a whole variety of reasons. One particular pattern that seems to play out time and time again is: