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?