Mechanically inclined people love to figure out how things work. We’re the kids who live to take apart clocks and computers just to see if we can put them back together again. We’re the people who find schematics endlessly engrossing. And we’re the colleagues who insist on getting at root cause versus treating symptoms when systems go wrong.
We’re very useful people to have around — but we can also drive people nuts with our relentless drive to understand and rebuild. If you are one of these people, or if you work with one, these tips may help bridge the gap between the need to move forward and the analytical’s need to dig deeper.
1. Come to agreement on the importance level of the matter. Fixers tend to fall in love with problems quickly and may not immediately apply the hierarchy of needs.
2. Identify one or two items to take away and share as key learnings. Is that enough? Maybe that’s all the time we have available.
3. If the matter seems more serious and truly merits a deep dive, table it for a solutioning session. When the time comes get the right people in the room and invite your analytical friend to the party. You’ll be glad you did.
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