Our reader poll today asks: How well do you push your own thinking before involving others?
– Very well — I advance ideas as much as possible before relying on others: 59.4%
– Well — I could stand to do a little more thinking though: 36.32%
– Not well — I’m overly reliant on others to advance the thinking: 3.42%
– Poorly — I rarely advance the thinking before involving others: 0.85%
Think Then Think Some More. Investing time thinking through your ideas is worth the effort. It increases efficiency as you’re not wasting a stakeholder’s time by having them think through something you can figure out. It builds your skills in terms of creativity and anticipation. It also improves your reputation as a more strategic thinker. So the next time you’re about to involve a stakeholder in your thoughts, pause and ask yourself if you’ve thought about the issue as much as you can. If the answer is no, keep thinking.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 200,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.