This is a joke recently told to me by a senior management leader, about the need to check our assumptions.
No harm or malice intended towards the professions mentioned below:
An engineer, a physicist, and an accountant were interviewed for position of Chief Executive officer of a large corporation.
The engineer was interviewed first. He was asked a long list of questions, finally: “How much is two plus two?” The engineer excused himself, made a series of calculations and returned to the boardroom, declaring, “Four.”
The physicist was interviewed next. He was asked the same questions for consistency. Before answering the last question, he excused himself, went to the library, and did a great deal of research. After comsulting the United States Bureau of Standards, he also announced, “Four.”
The accountant was interviewed last, and was asked the same questions. At the end of his interview, before answering the last question, he drew the blinds in the room. Closed the door, and asked the interviewer, “How much do you want it to be?”
Our world view is often shaped by the culture we are from, national culture, organisation culture and even our professional culture.
Do your old assumptions still work in dealing with a new world ?
How do you know that the person you’re dealing with; works on the same assumptions or similar standards ?
How would you navigate in the “white rapid” world of work? How do you prepare yourself?
Photo taken at the Tongarino rapids in North Island, New Zealand.