Can you learn common sense? In The Power Of Simplicity: A Management Guide to Cutting Through the Nonsense and Doing Things Right Jack Trout offers the following four guidelines to facilitate thinking in simple, commonsense terms.
- Get your ego out of the situation. Good judgment is based on reality. The more you screen things through your ego, the farther you get from reality.
- You’ve got to avoid wishful thinking. We all want things to go a certain way. But how things go are often out of our control. Good common sense tends to be in tune with the way things are going.
- You’ve got to be better at listening. Common sense by definition is based on what others think. It’s thinking that is common to many. People who don’t have their ears to the ground lose access to important common sense.
- You’ve got to be a little cynical. Things are sometimes the opposite of the way they really are. That’s often the case because someone is pursuing their own agenda. Good common sense is based on the experiences of many, no the wishful thinking of some.
What guidelines would you add to this list?