Increasing the analytic content without killing the message

Great piece by Jim McGee comparing oral v. analytic communications & interactions.

Remindeded me of a client situation – very effective and profitable business, not inclined to commit too much to paper, emphasis on the interpsersonal side.  As a result tended to stay away from formal meetings – lack of structured meetings, agendas, minutes.  But great at doing deals.

I was part of the reasons for introduction of meetings and a general rebalancing between oral and analytic.  I wanted to see more evidence of the analysis – for new deals, new business ventures, new initiatives.  Some of that has been great – in the context of a growing and more complex business.  For a time though some of this proved stifling.

I guess it’s the usual question of balance.  Many of us want the additional structure and analysis (it’s part of our training and our own approach to work).  But we also need the fire, the enthusiasm, the spontaneity – that can only be expressed and felt orally.

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