Digging out of your RUT-imentary Thinking

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your innovative problem-solving. Reading time: 3:11.

         Twelve board members scanned the AGENGA just before the start of the meeting. It took four meetings of the same attendees looking at different meeting’s AGENGA before anyone mentioned that the word –Agenda –was misspelled.  We see what we expect to see. And no more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We can get too comfortable seeing things the way we always have. After all,  every meeting starts with an Agenda or Agenga. Close enough. Not really.

         Your short hand for sighting can be shortsighted. Consider the first time Galileo demonstrated his telescope. No one at first pointed it to look at the stars.

         Merchants saw the telescope as a tool to get advanced notice of the ships heading for harbor.

        Hunters saw the newly invented telescope as a tool to hunt game.

       And military leaders saw the newly-invented telescope as a tool to fight wars.

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