When I was in middle school my English teacher taught our class that we were never to assume. She went on to explain why by breaking the word up into three parts and getting a cheap “middle school humor” laugh.
As I have grown older I have realized that there was some truth in her warning about assumptions. Yet since then, I have still been guilty of counting the chickens before they hatch on many occasions. Yesterday was one of those times.
It happened in the afternoon when I heard that the Braves were leading the Rockies 10-1 in the third inning.
“No need to even turn the game on when I get home,” I reasoned in my mind. “Take that Phillies. Have fun trying to hold serve tonight.” . . . I talk to myself a lot.
Three hours later, on my way to church, I felt like I had been punched in the gut when I turned on my radio and the game was tied at 10. Five minutes later it was over. Final score Rockies 12, Braves 10. Brutal!
I was reminded again why my middle school English teacher had a job. Unfortunately, I still haven’t learned the lesson of assumptions.
For leaders, it is dangerous to assume. Just ask Bobbly Cox.
Are there places where you are guilty of faulty leadership assumptions? Perhaps assuming that doing things the way you used to do them will lead to growth, when in reality your systems are archaic? Believing that someone with a track record of mediocrity will all of a sudden turn into a top performer? Trusting that the economy will stabilize over the next few months?
Maybe it is time you stopped assuming.
Oh by the way, the Phillies lost last night. Hard to believe since Roy Halladay was pitching for them and he had won six in a row.
I guess I just assumed they would win.
Sorry Miss Martin, I’m still learning!
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.