Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Into the Deep End
It has been a long time, since I have gone in way over my head, but it happens. I was placed in charge a significant research study, months were spent designing the survey instrument, and testing it, and over 500 responses were received from busy professionals. Only one minor little issue, I am not a trained researcher. I didn't take research methods in college or law school.
I can view it as being set up to fail, or as an opportunity to shine, to do work beyond my experience and training. I have had to remind myself a few times, that - that choice is mine to make. The outside consultant has finally started replying to my emails, though he is asking questions I don't understand. I start my answer with, I am not sure what the question means, but this is what I was hoping this question would tell us. If he can explain the data to me, I can explain it to anyone. The ultimate goal is to come up with a report that others can understand. By stretching to understand myself, I will be forced to write a report non-experts can understand. There is an advantage to being thrown into the deep end.
When you go in the deep end, do you sink or come up swimming?