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3 Secret, Wise, and Amazingly Profound, Hacks for Dealing With Incompetence

 

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Q. Lewis, as a professional problem-solver, how do you deal with incompetence?

A. One of my favorite questions to ask my coaching clients when they come to me with a serious problem is “How did you create this problem?

When I ask them this question, I am not blaming or shaming them. I want them to see that if we are thinking clearly, and are aware of our surroundings, and potential challenges we can avoid many of the problems that confront us.

One of my favorite questions to ask my coaching clients when they come to me with a serious problem is “How did you create this problem?

When I ask them this question, I am not blaming or shaming them. I want them to see that if we are thinking clearly, and are aware of our surroundings, and potential challenges we can avoid many of the problems that confront us.

Usually when I ask them this question, “How did you create this problem?” they respond,

“What do you mean, how did I create this problem?”

Their response opens the door to the next thing I’m going to tell them as part of the coaching process.

I tell them the following not as a directive but as something to ponder. I tell them that most problems in life and in business occur because people do what they are not supposed to do or didn’t do something they should have done!

I came across this idea watching a video of Frank Abagnale Jr on Youtube. Frank William Abagnale Jr. is an American security consultant known for his career as a check forger, imposter, all-around con man, and a consultant and lecturer for the FBI academy and the agency’s field offices.

Abagnale committed his crimes when he was 15 to 21 years old. After that, he went to prison where he was discovered and brought out to become an FBI consultant.

Abagnale’s story inspired the Academy Award-nominated feature film, Catch Me If You Can (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent pursuing him, as well as a 2011 Broadway musical of the same name, both of which are based on the 1980 autobiography Catch Me If You Can by Abagnale and Stan Redding.

 

 

 

 

The 3 Tips Are:

  1. Do what needs to be done.
  2. Don’t do what doesn’t need to be done.
  3. Learn the difference between #1, and #2

 

The Takeaway

Think about your life and business for a moment. How many of your challenges have come about from the fact that you did what you were not supposed to do or didn’t do something you should have done?

 

Here are highlights from a talk Abagnale gave for the staff at Google.

One of the defining principles of my work in  HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory) is Actualized intention – a conscious, spiritually driven strategic principle that states;

 

The moment I am ready, willing and able to act on my intention, all manner of unforeseen events, and circumstances – ‘an invisible hand’ – comes into play, spontaneously, without discipline or willpower to bring to the fore an extraordinary process of love compassion, empathy, in the service of bringing one’s vision to fruition.”

 I want you to know in no uncertain terms, that ignoring applied game theory, or living in the illusion that you can important life-changing decisions without applying these ideas is a huge mistake in judgment.

 

Without life hacking/gamer-thinking, one is likely to be confronted with higher levels of powerlessness in a world increasingly defined by smart devices, thousands of apps, and competition.

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About Lewis Harrison: I am an author and problem-solving futurist. I use predictive analytics and applied game theory to isolate cost-effective solutions for my students and coaching clients. I can teach you these skills as well.

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