Perception: Reading The Wall Street Journal–PERIOD!
Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on October 28, 2011
By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you become even more aware of your surroundings.
How could I miss something THAT evident –The Wall Street Journal.–staring me right in the face day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year?
I felt so incompetent as a leader who is Supposed to be more adept at his surroundings and more apt to notice and respond to information from a variety of sources and formats. I know it may seem like just a little dot to those of you who may not read The Wall Street Journal but that little dot loomed like a mountain of mistakes to me because I missed a clear piece of data — at my fingertips!
My Eyesight Lacked Insight
I had assumed that The Wall Street Journal’s masthead conformed to all other newspaper mastheads I had read. And so my eyesight lacked insight — debilitating for a so-called leader that I thought I was. Read on to learn what exercises I did to help me sharpen my powers of perception so that I could see more than meets the eye.
Scrabble -like Solution to Increase Your Perception
I am a Scrabble nut and so I devised a little word game to spur my powers of perception so that I wouldn’t make the mistake of not completely reading something right in front of me. I deliberately studied very familiar words that I regularly overlooked — at first glance — before forcing myself to find a “hidden” meaning. Let’s play: Consider these five unrelated words: block, danger, climb, island and broad. Go ahead read them again: block, danger, climb, island and broad.
If you’re like me, you didn’t see the word within the word–at first glance anyway — that more fully develops a stronger relationship between the two words. Let’s review:
- You read: BLOCK. The first time I read that word–BLOCK– I didn’t readily see the word LOCK in Block or make the connection that a lock is used to block someone’s access.
- You read: DANGER. The first time I read that word–DANGER– I didn’t readily see the word ANGER in Danger or make the connection that anger can be a reaction to danger.
- You read: CLIMB. The first time I read that word –CLIMB–I didn’t readily see the word LIMB in Climb or make the connection that you climb a limb.
- You read: ISLAND. The first time I read that word–ISLAND– I didn’t readily see the word IS and LAND in Island or make the connection that an island is land.
- You read: BROAD. The first time I read that word–BROAD– I didn’t readily see the word ROAD in Broad or make the connection a road is broad.
Let’s play again. Look closely at each of these words. Do you see a word within a word: Choral, Grow, Drain, Narrow, and Soil. Have some fun with it. And so what does all this word play mean to a busy leader like you?
The DEVIL — D-Evil– Is in the Details
Well if you’re like me after playing that little word game, I know more fully than ever before that in my decision making, the devil in the details. And today, I am even more aware of the word –EVIL– in the word Devil. And I am more apt to stay more alert and remember to look for all that is available for me to read. Especially when it comes to the front of page of The Wall Street Journal – PERIOD.
How do you guard against assuming too much when you are evaluating information? I look forward to reading your thoughts. Use the Comments section below.
Stay vigilant even when you’re reviewing familiar information to keep your leadership thinking in mint condition.
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