On September, finding balance, and being a superhero


Here’s your What? Who? Where? When? Why? How? for the week.

WHAT differentiates a “good” business analyst from a “great” one?

Jim Collins went after an answer to the question: “How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?” For years, I’ve been asking the same question in the context of people, not businesses. What would happen if you you invested the energy to go from good to great?

Good to great: why some Business Analysts make the leap… and others don’t | Adriana Beal (Text at Medium)

WHY is achieving balance the next great skill?

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions”. The act of balancing is important when we prioritise our choices. In fact, these two attributes are so closely tied that it is important to balance our priorities and prioritize our balance.

The New Need for the Act of Balancing | Bharathan Venkateswaran (Text at Techwell)

WHEN is a good time to start a new habit?

Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, sitting is the new smoking, self-expression is the new entertainment, and September is the other January—a clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to use new pencils, fresh notebooks, and begin again.

Why September Is the Other January, and How to Take Advantage of This Clean Slate | Gretchen Rubin (Text at Gretchen Rubin)

WHERE can I spark innovation?

White space is where the unspoken, unmet needs of customers are discovered in order to spark innovation. It’s a business process used to uncover opportunities, like new audiences and product improvements. But, because white space opportunities aren’t obvious it can be hard to know where to start.

How to Find Your Business’s White Space Opportunities | Kayla Carmicheal (Text at Hubspot)

WHO is an intrapreneur?

You’re the superhero swooping in to save the day. You’re all about the hustle and the grind—doing more and being more. You’re the one tackling issues and putting out fires. But it’s a false positive. Being a superhero disarms the team around you.

The intrapreneur | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

HOW can process sabotage be a good thing?

Rigid processes can lead to situations where it appears that people are actively sabotaging our mindfully designed work.  But what if they know something we don’t? Perhaps we should be welcoming people who are shifting how they work from our “norm”. 

Perhaps We Should Welcome ‘Process Saboteurs’? | Adrian Reed (Text at Adrian Reed’s Blog)

Until next time, keep growing,

— Joe

Chief Training Officer at the Business Change Academy
Editor for Inter-View Report and Podcast Host on OneSixEight FM.

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