“When ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” – Thomas Gray, 1742.
We often hear this quote, but would living by it be a useful strategy?
In business and at work, as in other areas of life, we may experience:
1. Blissful ignorance – not knowing you don’t know. Often comes before a crisis!
2. Ignorance by choice – you know that you don’t know, but you like it that way! Examples: Someone who chooses not to listen to or watch news reports, a manager who doesn’t ask for staff feedback, businesses who don’t survey their clients.
3. Wilful ignorance – you actually know the facts (unlike 1 and 2 above) but you choose to act as if you don’t know. Examples: Drivers who ignore road rules, businesses that survey staff and/or clients then don’t act on the feedback.
Ignorance can be risky, threatening the viability of business and your own peace of mind. Ignorance can cost you opportunities, money and relationships.
What are you ignoring right now?
Here are some examples of how clients have used Balance at Work’s services to identify their bline spots:
- Pre-employment assessments and interviewing of candidates
- Staff feedback interviews and online surveys
- Team analysis and coaching
- Professional development
- Strategic planning days
- Executive coaching
- Career counselling
- Exit interviews
Can we help you?
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