Friday, February 18, 2011

Closing the knowing - doing gap

There are many great insights in Daniel Pink's book Drive – the surprising truth about what motivate us. However one of Daniel's conclusions really made me think: there is a mismatch between what science knows and business does.

There is often a mismatch between what we know and what we do. For me the narrower the gap between what we know and what we do, the more fulfilled life we live and the greater influence we assert.

Part of my plan this year, my 20th in partnering with passionate and enlightened business leaders to change what’s normal inside corporations for the good of people, our planet, and for profit, is to close the gap between what I know and what I do.

This is a challenge!

The most challenging aspect of my work with organisations is to actually inspire people do what what they know they should.

To begin my own journey I reread The Knowing- Doing Gap by J. Pfeffer and R.I. Sutton (HBS Press, 1999), a very insightful book. From there I made a list of the crucial things I know about life and business where I have have not fully implemented or acted on successfully, what I know.

Try the above exercise. I am sure you too will find it challenging however like me as you change what’s normal you will probably find the journey as rewarding as I am.

To know and not to do is really not to know.
Stephen R. Covey

Be the difference you want to see in the world
Ian
Founder Differencemakers Community
The Change Master™ - catalyst for changing what’s normal inside corporations for the good of people, our planet, and for profit

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