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Thought for the Day #15

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Unintended Consequences

Ever had an idea that seemed great but then something happened out of the blue that turned a once good idea into a not-so-good, and perhaps embarrassing, idea?  I know I have had more than my share of these decisions that have had unexpected unintended consequences. 

So, what do you do?  Here are my suggestions as the more you try to push the envelope and bring forward progress, the more of these unintended consequences you will get to learn from:

1) Any new and “great” idea you have, sit on it for a day or so and ask yourself what could be the unintended consequences.

2) After a day or so and you have no unintended consequences that you can see, ask someone else to listen to your idea and think if they can come up with any unintended consequences themselves.

3) If they cannot think of any, bring it to your team and see what they think and specifically ask them what the unintended consequences might be.

4) Implement in the best way you can

5) Laugh at yourself in a fun and playful way when things so sideways. Learn from them what you can. Then, and most importantly, celebrate that you are still learning and growing which means you are alive and are trying to improve = the breakfast of Giants.  

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