“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few people engage in it.” – Henry Ford
How do we ensure we’re doing the right things? How do we know that the outcomes and results will be close to what we expect? What have we done to quantify the processes and frameworks we’re employing to advance our organizations?
Why am I asking these somewhat basic questions? I’m asking because too often we can’t articulate a credible response. Too often we’ve decided to do something more out of emotion or external influence than through a calculated, vetting process we can stand behind. Maybe that’s not you. Maybe you are a great, complete thinker when it comes to planning. For the rest of us, there is a reality of slowing down to think through the specific steps and impacts that our decisions will have.
In fact, it’s been argued that most decisions and actions are taken with only having less than 50% of the data and facts needed – or put another way, often we don’t think things through well enough because we trust the judgement of others or past experience.
Select the one major topic you need to address in the next 30 days. Try writing out all the possible scenarios, impacts, results. Has anything about it changed now as opposed to before you did this exercise?