Val’s question last night “is running late an issue” (and, more importantly, the answer) I find very, very interesting:
There was a general assumption that timing was a fairly serious issue. Personally, I don’t feel that strongly about it, but I felt others did so I went along with it. (And, btw, I, personally, feel we shouldn’t be careless about it either, also; there is a balance).
Yet, this assumption was never investigated until Val raised it as a question.
And, when she did, the answer was not at all what the club expected, I suspect – strongly by a 2 to 1 margin “no” (I certainly was quite surprised).
Key Lesson Of The Meeting: always, when possible, gather the facts directly – avoid assumptions, pre-conceived ideas. Things may not be what you think/assume.
I’m sure we all have had this thought/message given to us at various points in the past – ‘avoid assumptions’, yet we, as humans, continue to do it – take dubious intellectual shortcuts unconsciously.
This is not to say that conscious, verified, accepted, documented assumptions are bad, but unconscious ones definitely are – they are never verified, never explicitly thought about, inherently invisible and may be wrong. And if they’re wrong, you’re off on a tangent, potentially wasting a lot of time.