Every day, life hands us lessons.
They’re laying there, like leaves on the ground – slowly rotting. And for the most part, we carry on, trampling all over them, oblivious to their presence.
We’re not always paying attention.
We’re not always ready to learn.
We’re not always ready to hear that there is more to learn.
This is true at every level: individuals, organisations, groups, teams, countries. Even groups of countries.
We don’t tune ourselves to see the lessons – in fact sometimes we wilfully block them out.
So then we pay for consultants, coaches and therapists to come and point out the blindingly obvious.
They enforce the discipline of the end of day summary, the project wash-up, the post-game analysis.
The force us to see the lessons – so we have a better chance of learning them.
But we shouldn’t let the lack of a coach, consultant or therapist stop us from looking for ourselves.
The lessons we need to learn are littered around us. We just need train ourselves to see them and be mindful enough to pick them up before they rot.