We rely on a stack of working assumptions to get through our day. Working assumptions are mostly unconscious habits of thought. They are good because we use them to “automate” many actions, reactions, and decisions. (Imagine trying to drive a car at top speed without being able to rely on habits of thought. “Press this pedal, push this button, pull that lever to there…” You might never leave your driveway.)
Working assumptions are bad because they often stop being effective when the environment changes. And who can say that our work environments do not experience regular and significant change these days?
Investments we make in understanding and adjusting our working assumptions help us become better at change.
In your corner,
PS: Hint: when things aren’t going well, you can bet dollars to donuts that the cause is faulty working assumptions.