On the stickiness of ruts
- As I wrote my previous note (in the "some thoughts" thread), I realized I
was doing something that annoys me. Like many consultants and experts, I
have stock responses that I trot out at the slightest excuse. I trotted out
two of them in that note (suggest deliverables early in a discussion,
analogize to the philosophy of science).
That annoys me because I prefer not to be an automaton. And I bet I'd be
more effective if I thought more before letting reflexes take over. (I
think my reflexes are good, mind you - which makes them even harder to
So I ask a favor. If you notice I seem to be mechanically repeating
previous thoughts, gently remind me that that's not the spirit in which I
want to approach this workshop. None of you have heard my set pieces
(except in email), but I bet you'll be able to tell when I'm being
mechanical. If you like, I'll watch out for you in return.
Brian Marick, marick@...
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