Stamp OutStupid People Syndrome(tm) in Your Organization:Getting Your Employees to Use Common Sense
So, what is Stupid People Syndrome, anyway? Duh!!
So, then, what is common sense? Hard to define Know it when you see it Good ol horse sense
What do you know about common sense? Varies in character, depending on surroundings and education Domain specific People who have it tend to be practical, creative and self-reliant
What are the top 7 benefits of common sense? (in other words, why should we care about common sense?) Improves productivity Improves problem solving and decision making skills Improves customer service and customer satisfaction Improves common courtesy
What are the top 7 benefits of common sense? (cont.) Improves morale and increases self-esteem Improves truth, values and simplicity of life Improves seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be done
How do you get common sense? Program or re-program your brain with practice in logic puzzles and shape manipulation puzzles Develop through experience or exposure to experience
How do you figure out a “common-sensical” solution?1. Pastthink Think of a similar situation that you have experienced or exposed to Make sure your perception is based on fact rather than emotion Compare the situation with your memory of past experience (often happens without conscious thought)
How do you figure out a “common-sensical” solution?2. Presentthink Think of options to use in this situation Assimilate the present facts, consider alternatives and compare with past experiences Decide which option is most viable
How do you figure out a “common-sensical” solution?3. Futurethink Determine if present situation will deviate from past experience when applying chosen option Determine implications If desired outcome, GO FOR IT! (if not, return to step 1.
How do you get your employees to use common sense? Expect it Model it Teach it Encourage it Acknowledge it Reinforce it
Remember:Common Sense is geniusdressed in working clothes. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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