I do receive feedback that I express strong opinions. Some people even make that sound like a negative thing. In my networking career, my core value proposition was to develop a strong opinion to suggest, explain and justify spending millions of company dollars.
In private, you might call this a project recommendation, professional consulting or advisory services but I most often saw it as my professional opinion. A well developed proposal, financial analysis and strong technical background is still delivering opinion.
Its not like we do maths or science in Enterprise IT. Its all about perspectives, what is possible and whats available.
You don’t get paid to tell a project review committee that this solution is ‘all right’, ‘it will do’, ‘I think this is ok’ and ‘the vendor said it should work’.
Hang on, I did see that last one happen quite a lot.
Vendors have sales people who make up maths, stories, pitches and other such business flimflam to sway your opinion.
If you get paid to research and design solutions, I believe you have to reach an opinion.
I’m not loyal to my perspectives and opinions. They are the result of the facts, commentary and knowledge that I was able to access. Give me more facts, maybe some time passes, or I’ll hear a new point of view.
I constantly remind myself that change will happen and I won’t know where it’s coming from. I must be ready and prepared to perceive it, to research it and adapt.
There are times when change feels like criticism. I have this opinion and I find out its wrong ? Ugh, that hurts. I’m wrong and I don’t like being wrong.
The urge to fight back must be controlled. It’s not easy to have self-awareness, admit you are wrong and then work on the change.
I chose to put myself in public. It’s my own fault that I’m doing podcasting and blogging.
Thats a positive because I have to take ownership and I must not take the easy way out. I could blame someone else, or attempt to hide my weakness. I’m not going to get pissy because I was wrong. I am going to ask for your opinion, consider the evidence I can get.
Maybe I change my option. Maybe I don’t.
The EtherealMind View
If you read something here or hear me talk on a podcast and you think I’ve got something wrong, let me know. I will be pleased to change my opinion to yours, perhaps.