Lost In Transition

Posted: June 20, 2005 in Uncategorized

Something hasn’t felt right for a while.  Things have felt less intense.  Less satisfying.

One could reasonably chalk it up to a post-acquisition breather.

But, that’s not it.  I’ve been through these kind of events before and things have never quite felt this way.

I finally figured it out the other day:  It’s how you feel when you’re not thinking… not creating.

Life right after an acquisition is nothing but logistics:  Moving out of one office, into another.  Finalizing this.  Throwing away that.  Trying to get the adjustment on your chair right.  Figuring out what’s the best sandwich shop or closest bathroom.  New faces.  New names.  New dry cleaner.  New commute.  Learning new ways to do old things.

Essentially, a complete absence of creative thought.

I discovered this when I stood at a white board for the first time in about a month.

The white board is something I have always considered one of the greatest thinking inventions since the doodle pad.

You don’t stand in front of a white board to fill out a form or watch some training video or even draw.  You stand in front of a white board to think.

Suddenly things started moving again.  Synapses started firing.  Disparate pieces of information were coming together to create cogent ideas. 

I once again felt like a conductor, the erasable marker in my hand circling, dotting, and double underlining away, making the white surface in front of me sing with actual thought.

The old energy was back.  Amazing how much I missed thinking… ! 

I’m not saying these logistical things aren’t necessary — they are — but I wonder how much real productivity is lost in acquisition transition?

 

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