Challenge Your Underlying Assumptions

Challenge Your Underlying Assumptions

“When businesses go through hard times, through down markets, what they do is they challenge every basic assumption of how they operate. They innovate. They create disruption for a while that leads them to even greater heights when the economy turns around.” ~ Jeb Bush

Challenge your underlying assumptions

No book about inspiration would be complete without a few quotes from humanity’s smartest individual, Albert Einstein. You’ve probably heard, or seen social-media memes with these quotes from Einstein:

“Not everything that counts can be counted.”

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

The problem is, Albert Einstein never said any of those things. We believe Einstein was the originator of those encouraging words because we’ve read social-media posts or “just know” Einstein said all those things. Don’t take my word for it; do your own legwork to ferret out the truth behind Einstein’s misquotations.

Misattribution of quotations is an example of deceptive thinking—or, put another way, the difference between our perception and the truth. Individuals and organizations can explain away all sorts of ills. “We’re keeping it between the ditches.” “It’s the best we can do.” “It will work itself out in the wash.” How often have we heard or used those phrases as an avoidance mechanism?

To be a successful leader, our premises should be periodically reexamined, and our points of deceptive thinking should be confronted if we are to grow ourselves and our teams. If you don’t think you’re susceptible to deceptive thinking, how did you react to the Einstein quotes if you believed he said them? Was your first thought to research if that was correct or, were you flustered, safe in the belief Einstein said those pithy lines?

Consider this …

1. What facts or assumptions do you need to challenge in your business, project, or company?

2. How might you go about validating (or invalidating) those assumptions?

3. Where are you prone to fall prey to your own “deceptive thinking?”

For more, check out The Top Performer’s Field Guide, The Innovator’s Field Guide, or visit www.JeffStandridge.com.

(Originally published in The Innovator’s Field Guide.)

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