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Productivity: Making Good on Grunt Work of Another Kind

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you see more than is evident. Reading time: 3:28.

          “Grrrrrrrr!”  The guttural sound exploded out of the karate expert’s throat like the blast of a bullet as he smashed a pile of cement blocks with his hand.  The grunt– “Grrrrrr!”–sounded like the robed warrior was either trying to stimulate his courage or intimidate his competition.

         But discerning leaders know that grunting karate expert was in fact doing something more extraordinary than ordinary intimidation or grandstanding.

         After all,  the body has more strength when the lungs are devoid of air.  So his Grunt Work of another kind bolstered his mighty blow that shattered the stack of cement blocks in stunning fashion.

        How counter intuitive! It seems to me that your body would be stronger with life-sustaining air in the lungs.

        But then again, the most effective leaders I have known are counter-intuitive.   In fact, their insight is more critical than their sight.

       And with that insight, counter-intuitive leaders discern more meaning into the actions of others than simply what they see.

               To strengthen your own Grunt Work capability — to sharpen your own leadership thinking beyond the ordinary–  let’s take a look at a few other counter intuitive initiatives.

Counter Intuitively Eskimos Light a Fire Inside an Igloo

Igloo

            For example, counter-intuitive leaders like the Eskimos light a fire inside an igloo to strengthen it, not to melt it.  The heat creates a moisture that is driven outside where it freezes and insulates. Counter-intuitively, you can sit inside an igloo without a coat on when it is 50 below zero outside. No wonder leaders counter intuitively discard their preconceived notions and leverage their Grunt Work.

        Counter intuitively, if you spin the seven colors of a rainbow on a color wheel you will only see white. Counter intuitively, red printer’s ink prints blue. Counter intuitively, if you want to dye a cloth blue you dip the cloth into a colorless solution (blue indigo). And counter intuitively, you make a white color whiter with a darker color (blue).  No wonder leaders counter intuitively discard their preconceived notions and leverage their Grunt Work.

Counter Intuitively Leaders Discard Their Preconceived Notions

           Meanwhile counter intuitively real pearls  have a slightly rougher feel than fake pearls. Counter intuitively, the heaviest human brain on record belonged to an idiot. And counter intuitively, metal parts can be joined with greater strength by melting them down (welding).

          Counter intuitively, copper gets stronger the more you hammer in.  Counter intuitively, if you travel at the speed of light time slows down. And counter intuitively, water pressure in a fire hydrant is stronger the farther away it is from the water tower. No wonder leaders counter intuitively discard their preconceived notions and leverage their Grunt Work.

         Counter intuitively, to see a dimly lit object, you don’t look directly at it; you look with the side of your eye. Counter intuitively,  small birds eat more often than large birds. Counter-intuitively, the funny bone isn’t a bone. It’s a nerve. Counter-intuitively, the Koala Bear isn’t a bear. It’s more of kangaroo. Counter-intuitively, the Guinea pig isn’t a pig. It’s a rodent. And counter-intuitively, the firefly isn’t a fly. It’s a beetle. No wonder leaders counter intuitively discard their preconceived notions and leverage their Grunt Work. “Grrrrrrrr!”

 Today’s ImproveMINT

 Discard your preconceived notions to keep your leadership thinking in mint condition.

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