SuperFreakonomicsThink you know what actually is?  Last Friday’s 20/20 featured an interesting segment highlighting a conversation with Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. Turns out there’s a lot more to the global warming story and that Al Gore’s effort to reprogram the tendencies of 6 billion people (or at least those of the developed planet) might be better spent another way.  Or at least…if you buy the ideas of Levitt and Dubner.

Forget about what you want to true. Forget about what you fear may be true. Let's just look at what actually is happening.
What caught my attention in the 20/20 segment was a short comment uttered by Steven Levitt.  In response to a global warming question by Elizabeth Vargas, he said, “Forget about what you want to true.  Forget about what you fear may be true.  Let’s just look at what actually is happening.”

If you’ve been along for the ride here at StrategyCentral you can probably guess where my mind went.  Truth is, in your organization and mine, there are some assumptions we hold…many of them unexamined…that are just not true.  End of the day some of us are holding onto ideas that are really not true.  Some never were.  Some were true for a time and then changes in the culture, changes in society, changes in the external environment caused a shift and whether we acknowledge it or not…our current viewpoint just doesn’t hold water.

What is the assumption you desperately need to examine?  There may be several, but if you were to go back to the drawing board and look at one…what would it be?

Acknowledging What Actually Is