Last week, Britain’s Daily Express reported that searchers for extraterrestrial life discovered what they believe is evidence of life on Mars based on images taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.
Most scientists dismiss the findings, believing the images are the latest example of a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. It occurs when our brain tricks our eyes into imagining familiar objects and shapes in textures and patterns. Think: “man in the moon.”
The timing of these findings coincides with the 40th anniversary of NASA launching its Viking 1 space probe, which became the first spacecraft to land on Mars and complete its research mission. Findings over the past 40 years have indicated that Mars held large bodies of water, a key to life.
What would you discover if you launched an information-gathering expedition in your workplace?
You might be surprised.
Your search for information needn’t be expensive, complicated or time-consuming. In fact, it’s pretty easy, and the learning can be significant.
Before, I conduct a strategic planning session with a company’s leadership team, I call the participants in advance and ask four questions:
Remember, just because you don’t ask your employees these questions, doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about them.
We all have blind spots, and this simple bit of exploration can shine a light on yours.
Just as scientists have dismissed the latest images of so-called extraterrestrials on Mars, you would be wise to get the facts – or even the perception of the facts – about what’s going on in your business before you dismiss internal rumors, questions and concerns.
If you want to improve, ask your people for their feedback. Ignorance may be bliss, but its price can be costly.
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Business schools teach case studies. Hollywood blockbusters are inspired by true events.
Exceptional leaders are students of history. Decision-making comes with the territory.