June 24, 2014 1 Comment
Had an interesting discussion yesterday with a peer. He wondered why I’m still working and working where I am (Principal Business Architect) when I could clearly take on a higher role. The answer was quite easy…I enjoy the work and I enjoy helping other see the pros and cons of their decisions, so they can make better decisions. In this age of multiple shades of grey; Decisions are about trade-offs based upon values. My job is making the information and those trade-off explicit for the decision maker(s). Some times that involves diagraming, some times making tools that manipulate and visualize information, some times just discussions acting as a sounding board or asking the difficult or avoided questions. At the end of the day, when a decision maker or a group is happy with their decisions verses just satisfied that any decision was made (i.e., not really invested in the decision and its outcomes) or realizes they need to gather more information and explore more options as currently defined options are not satisfactory I feel I’ve done my job well. –no applauses, not awards, sometimes not even a thank you. But seeing my clients succeed is enough of an emotional high.