Key word here is analytical as I am certainly not a writer. So, one may ask “why are you starting a blog?” I wouldn’t say I set off in the world to become an analytical, but I sort of morphed into it. You see, somewhere in middle school while I thought I wanted to travel the world and conquer it, my teacher was suggesting to my parents that I start advanced math classes.
Me? Ummmm….advanced? Stop it!
She was not kidding though because I found myself in 8th grade advanced math which began this journey on my analytical high.
I found myself really loving the advanced math classes, but I never really admitted it to anyone until my 12th grade year when it was time to head to college and pursue a major. I thought my major would be International Business so I could travel abroad, but the University of Central Florida had other plans for me.
Would you believe me if I told you I started UCF 2.5 weeks after my high school graduation? Like really? What was I thinking? Well, I was invited to begin an early summer program for academic careers in engineering…..it was called SPACE for short. The program targeted minority students that were accepted to the university who obtained very high scores in math, science and technology while in grade school.
So, my parents packed me up and dropped me off in Orlando, FL.
It was there that I really appreciated being an analytical as my major was industrial engineering. Not only did I learn more math—all the way up to differential equations, but also enjoyed statistics and operations research. I found myself looking at quantification from a different point of view. What does these numbers mean? When do you use them? How often do I review them? These questions propelled me into understanding how data can tell a story in many ways.
Ever heard of data manipulation? Say what now?!
Yep, you heard it right…data manipulation. Which can be positive or negative. However, I’ve mostly seen it used negatively in my career. It happens all too often when you have the wrong individuals without the best intention managing numbers. The right way is data mining. Which is more of combing through data to tell the “right” story and that’s what I’ve done for over 12 years. Most of my analytical journey has transpired in the supply chain function and I absolutely love it! But now, I’m questioning. Questioning everything, everybody, and everywhere!
In 2015, I woke up and noticed that systems were failing everywhere around me and the people I cared for. I didn’t notice it until 2015, but estimated that from 2009-2015, the data I so loved was not telling the right stories anymore. Folks were continuing to lose jobs, new graduates entering the workforce could not find jobs, and it seemed as if there was doom and gloom all around. But, how could this be? Because the “numbers” we all hear about on the news, radio, and newspapers (do you still read them?) was telling a different story. Those numbers told us the importance of going to a great school, getting a great education, and finally obtaining a great job. However, WE all know now….it’s just not true! During those 6 years I referenced above, I was laid off and so was family members and close friends. What I realized was that the world was seriously evolving and being adaptable, flexible, and coachable was adamant more than ever.
The way I learned, worked, interacted with others, communication, and social media instantly changed and I had to figure out a new path NOW!
This is why Analytical Rewired was started. It’s about my beliefs, habits, and paradigm shifts around the quantification and logic I surrounded myself with in the past to now transitioning to seeing ALL things from a different point of view. A point of view that is more realistic, personable, colorful, authentic; but most of all, CREATIVE. I haven’t totally given up my love for numbers, but I’m finding new ways of integrating it with creativity to develop more innovation around what I do and how I interact with those around me. Sounds challenging huh? Not so much. It's just a different learning curve.
Stay tuned to see how this journey progresses and learn how to pivot with me. I hope I can teach you a thing or two and vice versa.