By Gary Cohen
on June 06th, 2010
By Madeleine Van Hecke
1. “Did my mind just slam shut to an idea?” If my mind feels closed, can I at least leave it ajar?
2. “Did I just think ‘I’m absolutely sure of that!’?” The more certain I am, the more I need to question my certainty.
3. “Am I feeling pressured?” When I am most rushed, that’s when I most need to slow down and think – to take a few minutes, an hour, a day to mull the problem over.
4. “Am I thinking ‘how stupid!’”? If I truly don’t understand why some is acting that way, maybe I have a blind spot.
5. “Am I just human?” Of course I am! So reminding myself of this when I’m beating myself over the head for a mistake I’ve made helps me to accept my own blind spots as part of the human condition – and then go on to learn from them.
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About the Author
Gary Cohen is a highly-skilled Executive Coach, Leadership Author, Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. His clients range from entrepreneurial CEOs of the nation’s fastest-growing companies to executives of global 100 companies. He differentiates himself from traditional (psycho/therapeutic) executive coaches by bringing a vast amount of business experience as a former Founder / President of one the Nation’s Fastest growing companies. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions (McGraw Hill). Gary B. Cohen Full Bio