Analog vs. Digital

I recently tried to connect two individuals that I knew well. One was an entrepreneur looking to find investors and the other was an financial engineer who offered to help with fund raising. Both intelligent and professional and both seemed to understand what the other wanted. Reality was that after weeks of back and forth of document sharing, and financial requirements explanation, no progress was being made. Then, I realised what was the problem. One was analog and the other was digital. Trying to connect those two types directly without a translator or human converter, would never worked. As soon, as I actively engaged, the communication problems began to be resolved.

I have met digital people who swear that they are out of the box thinkers. As long as the out of the box thinking fits in another box. It might be bigger, but it still has limits. Analog people appear to be flexible but not flexible enough to understand digital thinkers. It is truly fascinating and once you identify these types you can create a bridge and work towards a resolution and a form of collaboration.

Are you digital or analog, to paraphrase an old tv commercial “only your hairdresser knows for sure”?


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