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Get Out of My Head

Get Out of My Head

Our kayak guide pointed out a sand shark swimming by us yesterday. Later, he showed us a manta ray with a baby. I mentioned that sharks and rays were very closely related. He asked me an interesting question: “Why?”

I don’t really know the answer to that. A marine biologist can probably tell you “how” they are related which might suffice for the “why.” We didn’t create them. We don’t really know the “why.”

In business, focus on environmental evidence and observed behavior. Those are empirical facts and safe. But stay out of people’s heads with superficial assessments and non-validated tests, which simply cause you to label people and drop them in common “drawers.” You never want to be saying, “Well, she’s a high D, he’s a “green,” the others are redundant excavators, and what else can you expect from that mix?”

What you can expect is that they deserve more respect than amateur psychology, invalid assessments,  and false IDs.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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