On mindset, tactical planning, and that big hairy audacious 1:59 goal


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

Here’s your dose of What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?, a curation of articles, podcasts and videos that piqued my curiosity this week.


WHAT is it that enables peak performance?

Eliud Kipchoge ran a time of 1:59:40. Carving two minutes off his own world record to become the first person in history to achieve the barrier-breaking sub-two-hour marathon. But how much of this remarkable human performance was down to Kipchoge and how much of it was down to everything else?

That big hairy audacious 1:59 goal | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHO do I want to be?

A career as a business analyst is not easy. Life can be, and often is, brutally hard. Balancing the two can be harder still. A key to being able to succeed in achieving that balance is the ability to be honest with oneself. But honesty and self-appraisal are constructive actions, not destructive.

A mind set on winning | Andre Nelson (Text at Analysts Corner)

WHERE can I improve my business analysis?

Probably the biggest opportunity in the application of visual thinking for BAs is not so much in relation to specific BA artefacts or activities, but rather in how visual thinking can be used to amplify a BA’s core skills and competencies and to help them learn and develop.

Visualising Business Analysis | Grant Wright (Text at BCS)

WHEN will we solve that problem?

A tight brief that nails the problem and builds constraints around it , the building of consensus on a solution and the timing of the execution – all necessary components of solving problems. Innovation isn’t about ideas. It’s about the right solution, for the right people, at the right time.

Three Reasons Why We Fail To Solve Problems | Paul Taylor (Text at Paul Taylor)

WHY are my stakeholders saying ‘No’ to me?

People say ‘no’ to us all the time. This can seem very final, a total unwillingness to engage. Understanding which type of ‘no’ we are hearing can help us to avoid labelling people as ‘resistant to change’, and promote more effective engagement.

Change Resistance: 3 Types Of No | Christina Lovelock (Text at BA Times)

HOW should I approach this piece of work?

Regardless of your own level of business analysis experience, maturity, and whether you are formally trained, certified or not, you can still consciously assess each project’s dynamics and tailor your forthcoming business analysis work to get the most productivity and value out of your business analysis efforts in each project.

A Checklist For Business Analysis Planning | Edmund Metera (Text at BA Times)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood out for you? What would you like more or less of? Other ideas? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @joenewbert and put #5W1H at the end so I can find it.

Keep growing.


P.S. What’s the ONE thing you’re struggling with right now?