How are you doing with discernment. Are you finding yourself getting pulled into areas you are not quite sure how you got there?
The Merriam-Webster defines it as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure”.
Today’s work context can be a bright landscape of lots of different options, and priorities. Discernment helps us ascertain what is truly important.
When we don’t discern what’s important – now, or in the bigger picture – we can find ourselves falling into the trap of the Shiny Red Object Syndrome (which I recently heard abbreviated as SROS). The shiny red object syndrome is like today’s social herding – lots of noise and light draws a big crowd. While it may appear “just the thing” to do or follow, below the surface it may not meet your needs.
Our time and attention are limited which makes DISCERNMENT a critical skill to support focus, especially in a digital and remote context.
In order to build your muscle in the area of discernment, consider these questions:
I hope that these questions will get you thinking about what’s truly important for you, and your work, and organization.
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