Coaching Corner: Just the facts!
By Marilou Butcher Roth, Master Coach
There was a television show many years ago called Dragnet, featuring the star character, Sgt. Joe Friday (I think!). It was a police drama where the main character would show up on crime scenes, ready to solve the plethora of cases presented to him. As the various witnesses recounted their version of the alleged misdeeds, he would sternly remind them to give him “just the facts.”
In each of our lives, there are times when we can find ourselves making assumptions, or drawing our own conclusions, based upon what we think has occurred. And, we might be right, however, we often are misreading the situation and our further actions are then based upon the story that we have now decided to be our truth.
We need to heed Sgt. Friday’s request and stick to the facts. It is sometimes compelling and easier to go into our own head and fill it with what we believe to be true. I encourage you to step back and check things out. Do you truly have the facts? Can you say that you know what you are thinking is 100 percent true and accurate? I would venture to say that most of the time this is not the case.
No worries! This is an easy one to remedy -- you just need to get curious and ask questions to ensure accuracy. You might be surprised at what you find out. That sneer from across the room might actually have nothing to do with you!