WHAT APPEARS TO BE
They say ignorance is bliss. But what sort of bliss are they after?
If it’s “bliss” not to comprehend what’s happening, then we can deduce that poor results and fractured relationships are blissful as well.
If bliss is knowing you’ve done you’re best as a leader, then there’s work to do.
WHAT MIGHT BE
“You can’t handle the truth!” said Jack on the big screen. There are some bosses who thought Jack was talking to them. They blissfully move through the year riding an ass(umption) that “no news is good news”. They assume that their smiling colleagues are satisfied. (Little do they know their peers are smiling because of the animal that’s being ridden.)
What’s really going on? What we don’t know will hurt us – and sadly those around us, too – because we can’t act if we don’t have information.
WHAT CAN BE
How well do you comprehend what’s going on around you? Are you regularly asking questions like those that follow to ensure that you’re tuned in vs. blissfully unaware?
– Why is your work so important to you?
– What are you enjoying most while working on this project?
– If you could eliminate any roadblocks, what would they be?
– When are you most jazzed during the day?
– What’s the most satisfying part of your work?
These sound like performance review questions, don’t they? And yet, as my friend Doug Reeves asks, what good does it do to perform an autopsy at the end of the year when we can conduct regular physicals and do something with the information?
What’s your bliss? Being unaware, or choosing to cultivate the truth in all conversations so you can lead?
What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.