Last night’s Sip Session started with a reference to a TED Talk by Tony Fadell, founder of Nest and creator of the concept and initial design of the iPod, about design and his idea that the secret to great design is noticing things. For instance, noticing the little stickers on fruit at the grocery store. If you can remember back to before those were on fruit, it really stood out when suddenly there was something you had to peel off before eating the fruit. But after the second time peeling off the sticker, you didn’t notice as much. And by the 10th time it just became the way it is. This is how things become tolerated. They begin as obvious and absurd and after only a little while fade into the myriad of experiences we have day-to-day that are less than what they could be.

 

 
 

What are you tolerating in your life, that if you dealt with, would make things better for you?

This was one of the questions Jim Grigsby, executive coach, posed to the crowd at last night’s SIP Session, the first SIP in our fall series. Jim discussed things he’s learned about life, leadership, and business, summing it up with the quote, “I’ve learned a few things, because I’ve seen a few things.” He offered a sample of catch phrases he uses to remind himself and others of what needs to be done, or how things need to be considered. Like the sticker on the apple, these phrases are designed to wake us up to the things we’ve been tolerating so we can deal with them.

 

 
 

For topics that included financial, leadership, conflict, resilience, character, and decisions, Jim offered phrases that give context for how to be in these conversations in a productive way. One that stood out was on the topic of decisions. The “mantra” if you will, is, “Most of the time, good enough, is good enough.” This is a nod to the fact that sometimes we can spend inordinate amounts of time trying to make the perfect decision. But for many of us, especially when leading, we have to make decisions every day with incomplete information, so often, good enough is good enough. On the other hand, sometimes good enough isn’t enough, like when it comes to open heart surgery.

 

 

What is it you are the best in the world at? How much time do you spend doing that?

The evening wrapped up with the question above. A wonderful reminder that we can have a bigger say in the design of our lives and our future. Why not included in that design a way you can be spending less time tolerating and more time doing what you love and do best?

 

 

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