Is Perception Reality? Or What?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX Kai Lani

Reality bites if we are not aligned on our perceptions.  Here are some thoughts to get you interested in reading the attached link.   I have to tell you, this gets you thinking. Edward Marshall wrote an insiteful article at the attached link.  Here are a few of his thoughts to get you started.  

"Perception is reality. Or is it? Is my perception true about a particular work decision? Or am I simply trying to convince myself that I am right? What if others disagree? Does that make them wrong? What if our differences in perception involve key decisions critical to the business? How important is it that we are aligned and on the same page?

"If we are not aligned on how we perceive these things, we run the risk of falling into the Perception Trap - a situation in which everyone is right and no one is wrong, but no one is on the same page and the business is directly affected.

"To understand the power of perceptions, envision yourself wearing a pair of glasses. Your lenses are shaped by your history, experiences, expectations, hopes, understandings, needs and perspectives. They affect how you perceive everything you see.

"Now, realize that everyone else has their own glasses with lenses shaped by their own experiences. Everyone is looking through different lenses and perceiving different things.

"Therein lies the challenge.

"The perception trap happens when a group of us have to come to a decision, resolve a problem, or address a concern, and we don't completely share our perceptions of that reality. We work through the issue, think we have arrived at a decision that we all agree with, and then leave the meeting with what we thought was the agreement. Then we find out we didn't agree at all the way we thought we had. Hence, everyone is right and no one is wrong, but we're not aligned." 

http://www.bizjournals.com/extraedge/consultants/in_the_workplace/2008/04/28/column15.html?ana=e_sol

 

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