I’ve been thinking recently about a specific way in which I’d like to improve myself professionally I thought I’d share here.
I’ve noticed that when having a discussion with a colleague or colleagues to work out a problem, when there is a back and forth there’s often a pause in the conversation as the next move is considered.
Most people rush to fill the discomfort (with not having a solution) with a solution of some kind so as to move back from a ‘state of discomfort’ to a ‘state of comfort’. But what the situation really needs is time. Time for the solution to come forth. Time for more discussion so that a solution can present itself, because real, long term solutions never form out of pressure.
So I’m working on not giving in to the temptation to rush to fill the void with a solution and learning to be ok with the temporary discomfort until a solution comes forth.
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Nathan Safran is a former Analyst at Forrester Research where he covered the Digital Home. While at Forrester, Nathan authored research studies on trends, attitudes and behaviors of consumers toward technology adoption and use.
Nathan has been quoted as a subject matter expert in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fortune magazine. Currently, Nathan heads the Research Department at Conductor, Inc an SEO Technology Platform firm.
Nathan writes at exceljockey.com about the intersection of Business, Technology and Psychology. See the About page for more info. Follow Nathan on Twitter: @Nathan_Safran