Inspect What You Expect



Some of my favorite shows to watch are the business rescue shows.  These people and organizations truly fall prey to not inspecting what they expect. What happens is a failing business has called in an outside expert to help them get their business back on track.  From the inside looking in they can’t see why they aren’t being successful.  They can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak.


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7 thoughts on “Inspect What You Expect

  1. Very good point! It’s like that piece of trash on the floor – everyone just walks by it, steps over it or steps on it and moves on. You have to keep your eyes open to what is going on around you, and you have to actively participate. If it’s your dream/vision the you are the one responsible for it – you can’t just turn it over and never go back to Inspect what you expect! Well done!

  2. Shannon says:

    I couldn’t agree more! It is both funny and sad (and I hope scripted) that these people but everything into their businesses financially and yet make no effort to invest their time and manage them. In almost all the cases I have seen it wouldn’t take an expert to point out the flaws. It is definitely a valid point that people forget to see things with fresh eyes and that we need to be critical thinkers and re-examine our organizations and the way we do things in order to grow and evolve. Cheers.

  3. I agree, and I’ve also found these shows to be interesting. The other thing they do is to look at the business from the customer’s point of view – what the customer is REALLY seeing, not just what the business owner is hoping. Often the difference is shocking.

    Of course this is made for TV, so they edit out the boring bits and ramp up the emotions. When I’m coaching my own clients, the conversation would not look as shocking and traumatic. But the learning is often deeper as a result.

    I’d love to go back to these businesses a year later and find out what the long-term effects are. There’s always a danger of reverting back to previous patterns of behavior.

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