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Don’t be surprised if you haven’t noticed or heard my voice very frequently in the workplace. I tend to be involved in detailed activities, in meetings or perhaps engaged in some research for a project. If I don’t attend every morning tea or gathering that takes place, it’s not that I’m unsociable; I just have a lot to do.
I prefer work that involves unpacking, breaking down, dissecting, investigating, examining, ratifying, scrutinizing, inspecting and poring over data and details.
Yes, I have been called ‘anal’ more than once. Given that ‘a-nal’ are the first two syllables of my FACE name (ANALYST); don’t think for a moment that I am offended by such a label. Indeed, I wear it with pride. Somebody has to look into the details.
It is no secret that ANALYSTs are often employed in jobs that require a high degree of accuracy and detail. We are ideally suited for such vocations as engineering, scientific research, financial matters, drafting, and the like. Imagine the potential disasters that could occur if commercial passenger aircrafts were built by people who weren’t anal?
We ANALYSTs like to flock together and, typically, we have just a handful of close friends. Of all the races of FACEs, we are the least gregarious. It’s not that we are timid or shy; it is purely a preference to engage in solo activities.
At the risk of sounding boastful, I should say that I take great pride at being a master of self-control. If it makes sense for me to display emotion, I will do so, but only for the purpose of generating a desired response. Emotions are to be used as and when appropriate.
Whilst I tend to be reserved in a social environment; occasionally, when I indulge in intoxicating beverages, I can mix it with the best of ‘party animals’. We ANALYSTs don’t “let our hair down” too often, but when we do, we make it a good one.
Getting back to the matter of self-control; should I encounter an irate customer, jumping up and down or loudly voicing disapproval, I will be unmoved and unimpressed. Angry and fiery outbursts are unnecessary. When I meet with it, I will look beyond the emotional displays and deal with the facts.
The same applies to the pushy, bullying type of aggression. To ANALYSTs, aggression is a sure sign of weakness. Any attempt to force us against our will, will be met with a severe case of stone-walling; and we usually take a long, LONG time to forget such displays. Our calm, measured and unemotional persona should not be mistaken for weakness. We are NOT pushovers!
I believe that we ANALYSTs are an essential element to the fabric of every society. Invariably, the safety of air-travel, the present and future medical cures, assurance of the regular supply of basic utilities, and the dependability of various ongoing logistical functions, are largely the domain of meticulous, persistent and, dare I say it, “anal” ANALYSTs. Without us, life might be fun for a time, but eventually chaos would take hold.
A wise author once wrote:
“If you are an ANALYST, then you are a part of the reason why the human race continues to advance. You are not swayed by emotion or opinion. When something needs doing, it is you who digs in and never shy away from a problem. You are invariably the foundation of common sense and reason that keeps us asking “why?” You and all your fellow ANALYSTs are oftentimes not recognized enough for your efforts, as you quietly go about getting things done. Therefore, on behalf of all the other FACEs… Thank you!” – Mike Francis
Thank you for your time. I must get back to work now. Goodbye.
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