You may think I’m a good planner. Not always true. When my loved ones want a Christmas gift they send me digital links. I select something. Then on Christmas Eve I run around Nashville, TN to pick up my gifts. It’s a long time habit. Full of joy and occasional last minute substitute gifts.
Apparently I’m not alone.
On December 24, 20198 I raced into a jewelry store at Green Hills Mall in Nashville to pick up a gift.
Marshall Goldsmith was doing the same for his loved ones.
You may know Marshall as the best-selling author of “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” (2007) or “Mojo” (2009) or “Triggers” (2015). Or as one of the most influential executive coaches and leadership consultants of our time. Or as a contributor of CoachSource, the largest global provider of executive coaches, where I serve as an engagement manager.
Or as another person racing around to find meaningful gifts for his loved ones.
The acronym WYSIATI, or “what you see is all there is” was famously explained by Daniel Kahneman (the only psychologist ever to win a Nobel Prize in economics!) in Thinking Fast and Slow (2019).
The impact of his work on HOW we categorize behaviors is significant and important for ALL managers and consultants.
In this article, I briefly review some of the current models and suggest that my colleagues become familiar with the VIA Classification assessment tools, which offer an alternate vocabulary based on character strengths and new, globally validated research.
You can apply this article published in the Family Firm Practitioner to your consulting, managing or leadership. With any team. Today.
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