May 10 2021
By: Terry L. Mathis
In his conferences and writings, Marshall Goldsmith often asks people to describe a problem and then describe how they are addressing that problem. When they finish their explanation Marshall asks, "How's that working for you?" For many, this creates a moment of extreme introspection. Indeed, how is this working and, if it is, why did I describe this as a problem?
Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you are frustrated with a certain problem or issue, ask yourself what you are doing to resolve it. Describe it in detail and connect your interventions with the problem you are trying to solve. Then take it a huge step further and ask yourself, "How is that working?"
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.