Archive for July, 2013

Thought for today…

Friday, July 26th, 2013

“Nothing is as pointless as improving what should not be done at all!” Peter Drucker

In other words asking “Why are we doing this?”, should be asked before “How can we do it faster or better?”

Getting your eye in

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

I was looking in our pond today and discovered a 2″ long baby fish, which was darting about at high speed. The more I looked in pond the more I noticed. Over a period of about 15 minutes watching we spotted another fish that size, a couple of this year’s fry and dozens of perfect, baby frogs. Ponds have fascinated me since I was very young and used to peer into my Grandfather’s pond.

Then I realised that the more I looked, the more I saw. Once you were open to the possibility of their existence then the evidence was available to be found that they were there. The same is true at work and in the rest of our lives. If we don’t even consider that a person might be able to do something then we see nothing to suggest it. This is true of both the good and bad possibilities.

The expression goes “Seeing is believing” but if you don’t even consider something, then the idea that something might be possible, you are unlikely to ‘see’ any evidence for it.

This is one reason why having an outsider asking ‘silly’ questions is so useful, they consider things you might be ignoring and thus blind to.

P.S. After coming back to the pond I found four baby fish, so the harder you look, the more you can find.