More often than not my daily world is drawn into a couple of buckets.
1. What roadblocks need to get torn down?
2. Where are my own and my teams current priorities coming from?
Both of the above are worthy goals for any day and I am happy to spend the majority of my energy (at work anyway) fighting these fights. This answers a very important question around my work… What do I do all day. However, this leaves an even more important question unanswered. Why do I do what I do?
For the love of action!
It feels good to create a report, even better a grouping of reports (better known as a dashboard) and even more so an actual analysis. Regardless of how many of these objects get created or the size and level of the distribution list, the vast majority go unnoticed, glanced over or in some cases misrepresented to justify previous decisions. However, in those rare cases (hopefully decreasingly rare) an analysis begins to turn the ship. I use the ship analogy mostly due to the image it conjures of a large wooden pirate ship desperately working against a strong wind to correct course. It is in those times when a powerful analysis can come and help course correct.
These are the times I love! This is why I do what I do, to impact business, employees and customers (patients) in course correcting ways. As an analyst (that I am still at heart), being a part of a group driving real change through analysis is my own personal drug, having that analysis be repeatable, accurate and impacting is why I do what I do.
Call me a hopeless romantic, maybe I saw too many Disney movies growing up, but I truly believe things like “1 person can make a difference”! What has changed since my younger years is not what many would expect. I have not become a hardened cynic after years of fruitless struggle, I have gone the other way. Although I will never be a prince charming (prefer to be likened to Shrek…) my team’s work can play the knight in shining armor!
I can talk about the power an analysis can have on a business, how a decision goes from reactive to proactive based on leading indicators, but the reason I really love data is to see it perform miracles to better a persons life. The romantic in me will always believe that the work that me and my team strive to do is really changing our customers (and eventually their customers (or patients) lives, and it keeps us going hard!
Those that can’t… teach
Finally, I love teachers! I love learning new things and I look for those same traits in everyone around me! Why do I love teaching and learning? Who knows, just love it. “Live Learn Pass On” (to steal from Dave Tate) has become a bit of a “code to live by” of mine. It is becoming ever more important as both a manager, analyst and (most importantly) a parent to:
1. Enhance the lives of those around me
2. Enhance my own skills, knonwledge and abilities to continue the work in step 1
Which is why I love data and all the teaching (and more often for me learning) points that it has to offer.
How much can anyone truly love their job? I would say for those in my shoes with my attitude, it is 100% possible to leave the office on even really difficult days and lean on the reasons “why” I love this work and smile.