Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Test Your Assumptions

Can you remember the last time that you were wrong?

How did it feel to discover your mistake? Do you remember the cause? Could your actions have been built on a false assumption?

We all make assumptions from time to time. It's when we live in the world of assumptions that we really get into deep trouble. The more we assume, the easier it is to take comfort in our assumptions. But, our assumptions are often wrong.

When we're leading a team, developing performance, running a project and doing the important work of a leader we need to check our assumptions at the door. We need to test our thinking and clarify our expectations.

High performance leaders identify and test any assumptions before launching a project or reaching a major decision.

After all, isn't it better to spot your mistakes before you make them?


-- Doug Smith


Bust that Barrier

What stands in the way of achieving your biggest goal?

There's always something. It might seem bigger than it is, but it's there. It might be hiding in the field like a clever little rabbit ready to jump out and bite with the force of a wolf, but it's there. And, the very thought that it's there can sometimes keep us from going through that field. Sometimes our fears of the barrier are bigger than the barrier.

Get past the barrier. Go around it. Go over it. Go right thru it if you can. Get past the hold, the clasp, the fence, the fear. Get past the barrier.

Sometimes a barrier is simply testing how much you want to achieve your goal.

You do want to achieve that goal, don't you?

Get past the barrier.

-- Doug Smith