Monday, October 3, 2011

Hindsight is 20/20

You’ve heard people say this before, right? When you realize what could have been done to change a negative outcome AFTER the negative outcome has already occurred. Basically, its easy to know what would have worked after you know what didn’t!

Anyone can see 20/20 in hindsight. It takes skill to have 20/20 foresight. Some leaders have this skill naturally, but many develop it over years of working in their business, and learning from the mistakes and successes of the past.

Imagine if you could see the future and know every potential roadblock and problem that lies ahead, so you could actively work to resolve it, perhaps even before it ever became an issue.

The reality is that you can do that! Maybe not in the magical, omnipotent sort of sense, but certainly, with practice, you can become adept at identifying the potential hazards and roadblocks in your journey ahead and accommodate for them in your initial plan, so as not to let them hang you up when they inevitably arrive in front of you.

This is the nuts and bolts of the “paving the path” we talked about last week – having a keen foresight will allow you to avoid potential problems and smooth the way toward your goal.

How do you develop this? Well, as I mentioned last week, these characteristics don’t exist in a vacuum – they depend on each other. The key to developing foresight is to develop the other servant leadership characteristics, specifically empathy, listening and awareness. We’ll talk more about how those characteristics work together to help you develop fantastic foresight in the coming days.

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