Why is it that some people at the beginning of a year make a big deal about "New Year's Resolutions"? It's likely because the new year feels like appropriate timing to try something new.
This article encourages you to look beyond the obvious in two different directions. Driving your behaviors are some underlying beliefs that are definitely an influence, but are not very conscious. Can you work to make them so?
And downstream of your behaviors are outcomes, not all of which are known to you. Are you willing to discover what havoc you've been unintentionally sowing? Do a little checking, and you might be very surprised at the effects your direction and suggestions have had. It will take a bit of self confidence to invite all those you influence to tell you the truth about the effect your behaviors have on them. Ah, but it will be well worth it!
Read, think, and come back next week to learn what you can do about “Unintended Outcomes and Compelling Beliefs.”
It's Christmas, a special time of year! Why is that so? Oh, let me count the ways!
Human beings are amazingly complex. How you think, what you do, how you feel, what you believe---all these are interconnected in ways that are not easy to follow.
Read this week’s article, “Christmas: Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually.” Then, take a few moments during this time of year to just wonder at it all. Ponder your complexity. Close out all the noise. Focus on what's really important to you--whatever that is.
In searching to learn more about this topic prior to writing about it, I discovered Robert K. Merton (whom I reference in the article). I invite you to put his name into an internet search engine to learn more about him and his understanding of human decision-making.
In addition to coining the term "unintended consequences," Merton is also the source of the terms "role model" and "self-fulfilling prophecy," both of which should be very important concepts to leaders.
Take a look at “The Law of Unintended Consequences” and spend some time reflecting on your personal and organizational experience.