Questioning Our Assumptions & Instinctive Reactions
I had to shoo some geese off my garden this morning. I don’t know if they were wild but they were certainly unruly. And, ultimately, I never caught them, nor am I confident that it will disincentify future incursions, so I guess it was both literally and figuratively a wild goose chase.
I tell the story now in my blog because earlier I’d posted it on FaceBook. A comedy buddy of mine commented. He is a fascinating chap, a tad alternative but with multiple degrees, at least one PhD and a penchant for poetry. He knows flora and fauna. Turns out it’s very likely the geese were after bugs and not veges. As my friend described them, “a clean-up crew not a wrecking crew”.
At work or in business, how often do we leap to incorrect assumptions because we are protecting our patch? And, as in this case, how often are we not just off-target but 180 degrees off-target.
I’m trialling a self-directed course I’ve developed on personal effectiveness. One of the ten lessons within it is on critical thinking, a critical element of which is testing our assumptions and instinctive reactions. You get all five of my books (in eBook format) when you sign up. If that sounds of interest, you can learn more at www.lifesuccesslearning.com .
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