When I visited my dad last week, he invited me to help him open up one of his beehives. I suited up and helped him anger about 10,000 honeybees by tearing apart their home.
What he discovered was that the queen bee (there is one per hive, and she lays all the eggs) is missing or hurt. The egg production is well behind the honey production…and the hive is now in jeopardy. Now, he has to introduce a new queen for the hive to survive another season.
I asked him “How did you know to look?”
He replied with a few characteristics of a healthy hive and basically said “I didn’t know. I wasn’t sure. It just felt like something wasn’t right with that hive.”
Maybe he observed something that triggered the thought…but the key was that he trusted his instincts. Something seemed wrong so he investigated.
You should trust your leadership instincts as much or more as your head knowledge. If something seems “off” or “wrong”, you should go investigate. Do it quickly. Do not pass “GO”, do not collect $200.
Is there an area that your instincts tell you something is wrong?
- How is your marriage?
- Are things good with your friends?
- How is that project at work?
- Is your car sounding okay?
- Are things well with your soul?
Thanks for listening.