Friday, February 26, 2016
In The Trenches: Analysis When It Matters
Guided Monthly Training.
We may read with great interest the principles and applications of statement analysis, and even find cases of which we practice, but there is no substitute for spending some time "in the trenches" when it is on the line, and to your left, and to your right, are deeply intellectual and deeply invested analysts.
This is where the learning takes place, like no other, and is both exhausting and exhilarating. It is many straight hours of concentration, that even the announcement of the coffee break is a relief. Wanting to be complete, knowing that it is hour after hour, being stopped, having to focus again and again on the same word, yet, when finally coming to completion, one may wish it would never end.
It is bittersweet.
There is much on the line, too, which changes the game.
It's to find out what "iron sharpening iron" is like; as those who sharpen you, from either side, are strong, powerful, and command the English language.
What is on the line is not just your full name and reputation, but truth.
Truth that may find itself, within hours, with scrutinizing eyes from defense attorneys to prosecutors, and eventually to someone who will have to defend the words.
It is thrilling and frightening, and it impacts and changes those who participate. They are never the same and they never flippantly claim, "this means that!" or "he's lying!" again. They've gone in too deeply for that, and they can only look away when someone else rushes.
They've seen some of the depths of human nature and it can really mess with you. Just when you think you know something, human nature tells you, "you know nothing."
Yet, the analyst goes back to the drawing board and pushes with more force, still wishing it was over, while wanting it to never end.
This week, we began an entirely new group of budding analysts with two veterans in attendance who were both surprised and pleased to see the sharpness and eagerness in the meeting room. The comments afterwards were telling: there is some strong potential and if the strength can be harnessed, controlled and guided, there is going to be some powerful results.
I would not want to be a criminal and have them enter my words.
You'd have to be crazy to let yourself get hooked.
They'll need some time to process and recover. The West Coast analysts are going to be something special.