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Donna Karlin

President, A Better Perspective Executive and Political Leadership Coaching


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What aren't you thinking of?

We are often so focused on looking for answers or being right that we don't allow ourselves the luxury of looking at what isn't evident. What AREN'T we thinking of? What DON'T we know? Who do we need to know who we don't know?


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    Aug 18 2011: We don't know what we don't know.
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      Aug 18 2011: That is evident. The qiuestion is, how often do we take the time to ask the question "what don't we know" to look beyond what we already know.
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        Aug 18 2011: I do it consistently. While my statement appeared self evident it was meant to challenge ourselves as you are doing. I often ask experts 'what do I not know enough to ask you in this circumstance?'
        That question and the humilty that the expert percieves in it often opens up whole areas of information that is relevant to my inquiry and to the ultimate solution of the problem at hand. Often, the expert is the unnoticed front line person, the scientist who speaks in technical terms, or the healthcare professional that understands far more than most of us do. By inviting them to share their specific knowledge in the context of the situation- I learn a lot.
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      Aug 19 2011: there are a lot of things we know we don't know.

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