Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
CHEW YOUR CUD AVOID LEARNING THE SAME LESSON OVER AND OVER
CHEW YOUR CUD –AVOID LEARNING THE SAME LESSON OVER AND OVER
As a top executive leader, you are given so much to chew, swallow and digest in any one day.
Information–gripes among your top team– a brewing decision that you can’t quite make–a budget that
demands constant adjustment and readjustment — political/economic dynamics –capital intensive projects that may or may not produce the ROI projected.
I am always amazed at the history and lessons that ARE NOT learned by an organization or by its top leaders. The arc and rationale of major decisions are forgotten. The path of strategy development is no longer seen. The accumulation of “fixes/projects is puzzling even to those who created them. It’s almost like the momentum of the organization is running the company, not you–it’s top leaders.
Rumination is another word for “chewing your cud”
Rumination means thinking deeply. Going over an experience and digesting it.
Stepping away from the quick bite of evaluation.
Staying with the thinking until you have integrated it into your values, your point of view.
Looking from a distance at your own behaviour and that of your company.
Step away. Talk out loud with a trusted colleague who will think with you. Drive, fly, walk alone.
Sit and stare.
Rumination is good.
CHEW YOUR CUD AND BEGIN TO LEARN IN A DEEPER WAY TO GROUND YOUR ACTION IN ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE