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Another spin …on things

Every year, another promise is made. A pint of beer, raised towards a better day.

– “Alive”, Edwin

Two weeks into 2007, and the item “Write the 2007 post” remains in the to-do list of my daily planner, carried over from last week. I heard a nice phrase last week: “analysis paralysis,” describing the state of a team in which the decision is consistently put off. Try as I may to pass the buck on this as being a behaviour I’m learning from others, the truth is just as someone told me a couple weeks ago – this inability to make a decision and stick to it, is what I came to Toronto to overcome. This is the experience I wanted, when it comes down to it.

At the same time, it is always possible to turn this decisiveness into the folly of making a decision for the sake of having to make a decision – obviously, decisions should only be made with full information and clear intention. But these cannot be excuses for letting things drop, or having projects and loose ends spin into infinity.

How can I hold myself and others to our commitments and still be compassionate but still effective? I believe the answer, any kind of answer, to this question may be the most valuable thing I learn all year, perhaps in all my life.

Beyond this, I would also like to spend 2007 walking some talk, particularly the oft-repeated maxim about doing what you love and letting the money work itself out. I feel that I often give too much thought to those sorts of details. I’m realizing that there’s a sort of misleading distance in corporations that can give a sense of false security – most would call that “job security,” but I’m slowly coming to the feeling that I don’t want to feel like my survival depends on dodging the re-org whims of an executive that doesn’t know my name.

Then again, I only say that because I’ve never had my survival depend on how well me or a colleague were able to conduct a sale, land a contract, or deliver on their commitments to a customer. So I’m not 100% writing it off. I will simply tread carefully between being comfortable, challenged, engaged and feeling like I am making the kind of difference that will keep me waking up in the morning. Maybe a trip to Enterprise Camp will convince me!

Yes, the rest of it will come. Even though my value proposition is yet unspoken, I know that it is real, and that it is spectacular. ;)


  1. … obviously, decisions should only be made with full information and clear intention.

    There’s also the other argument – if you wait too long to make a decision (in an attempt to get further information), the opportunity might pass you by.

    The best decision makers of the planet are those that can make correct decisions with limited and even conflicting information. Anybody can make easy choices with full information, but learning to make choices with less is a much more powerful skill to develop.

    Posted January 13, 2007 at 12:21 am | Permalink
  2. Yes, Richard’s pointed this out to me as well; and this is one of my really prickly dillemmas, because it seems to me that so many of the injustices of the world, and so many of the causes of discomfort in my own scheme of things, are caused by this invisible push to just go and do things. I understand it – things need to move along and happen, one can’t sit on an egg waiting for an adult chicken to hatch (or have one’s entire career planned out). That’s where I believe the clear intention comes in though – having those solid values in line; that means providing the circumstances in which things can flourish and grow, and supporting it and nurturing it. Lately I’ve been seeing great things happen, only to have their growth stunted by “shifting priorities.”

    I’m also of the opinion that intuition is just as important as information. My intuition doesn’t work so well in cubicles though, so I think I’ve forgotten this for the past while.

    Posted January 14, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

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