I'll keep this short because I'm going to hit the road in a few minutes to continue south toward home. Twice in the past two weeks, I've been brought up short by comments on social media that made me stop and think, "Really? You don't think I don't already know that?" We all make comments with the best of intentions, trying to "educate" or help. But it makes the giver look foolish when it's something with which you're intimately familiar and they just didn't stop to take the time to figure that out.
In the name of efficiency or, in my case generally, impatience, we all make assumptions. I guess the important thing is that we pause to question those assumptions. This is something that I'm hoping to be more mindful of doing moving forward, especially as I move into a leadership role on an existing team. I want to remember to question and listen more than I speak. I know how it's made me feel when folks have made assumptions about me, and I certainly don't want folks on the team to feel that way because I didn't take the time to stop and ask or listen. Because you know what they say about assumptions, right? It's food for thought, friends!