Lisa Haneberg has a great post today on being a catalyst within your organization.
This struck home with me because I feel that the word catalyst describes a lot of what I do. I like to try and draw as many threads together as I can, and then help move a project along by helping the truly talented people see how something can be improved, extended or created.
To many classically-trained managers, I appear to be someone who seems to do or produce very little. But what I am paid to do is absorb and process as much information as I can, synthesize new ideas from this input, and then help provide the spark to start, or be the catalyst to accelerate, projects both internally and externally.
I like this job. It suits my nature very well. And I am glad that Lisa has given me a word to describe it.