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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Just a thought or two: Foresight (Bonus)


Have you ever given much thought about the things you do well? How you "lead" the team when you are in your zone. How you get your work done, usually without a hitch.

I think about this frequently. As most regular readers know, I am a gynecologist, which means I do a fair amount of surgery. And although I am usually pretty self-effacing about it, I am pretty good. But that's not my point. When I am in my "zone" in I can literally feel my way through things, and clearly see what's coming...foresight.


Last night's (7-5-11) tweetchat (#leadfromwithin) was about foresight.

When you are functioning out of your center and your confidence, you just do good work...no, great work. You get the team to move where they need to go. You get your projects done, well, efficiently and effectively. You can see potential problems and head them off, before they crop up.

How do you get it? Some of it is by training for your craft and getting in tune with your own rhythm. An important aspect of foresight that I think is overlooked is learning from our mistakes. Because you feel your foresight is 20/20, doesn't mean that you will hit the mark or be right every time.

Warning: Don't get so full of yourself and your "rightness" that you don't listen to the voices around you.

Good foresight means having and using good information, having the facts (not necessarily the same thing), trusting you gut instinct, honoring those who help with the process and then stepping out in faith.

IMHO (in my humble opinion), anyway...

Question: How can you improve your foresight, and how can you use it to benefit youself and others?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"COURAGE IS WHAT IT TAKES TO STAND UP AND SPEAK; COURAGE IS ALSO WHAT IT TAKES TO SIT DOWN AND LITEN. THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF WHEN I READ THIS BLOG.

Doc said...

Anonymous- Thanks for the complement, I think.

I have found in life, relationships and business that it is always much more important that I shut up and listen, than to speak. This way, I am more apt to know what I'm talking about when I do speak.

The courage, I think lies is the ability to step back, and not having to prove that you are the sharpest tool in the box......at least not all the time.;)

Have an excellent day!

BLBROWN93 said...

I GUESS IT IS KINDA A COMPLIMENT. BUT IT MADE ME THINK OF THAT QUOTE BECAUSE YOU WROTE ABOUT LEADING AND BEING IN YOUR ZONE. AND I FEEL YOU CAN'T BE A GREAT LEADER UNLESS YOU CAN STEP ASIDE AND LET SOMEONE ELSE (POSTIVELY OF COURSE) BE IN THE FRONT AND LEAD YOU. AND THAT TAKES COURAGE TO SPEAK UP OR FALL BACK. THEN YOUR"ZONE" WILL IN A SENSE BE MORE EFFECTIVE.AND TO ANSWER THE QUESTION "How can you improve your foresight, and how can you use it to benefit youself and others?", THE QUOTE KINDA ANSWERS IT. SPEAK OUT BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR BELIEFS AND DECISIONS EVEN IF THERE WRONG OR NOT THE BEST UT DON'T THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE RIGHT, FALL BACK AND LISTEN TO OTHERS AND MAYBE YOU CAN BRING BOTH OPINIONS TOGETHER AND GET A GREAT OUTCOME.

Doc said...

Be confident in your beliefs and ready to speak up, but also be ready to engage and learn. Always be open to learning...