Challenge Your Assumptions

June 24, 2013

“If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.”

Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Planning often begins with developing a list of assumptions. As it is the end of June – a common point for reflection as the mid-point of the year, and the end of the fiscal year for many – it is time to revisit your assumptions for 2013.

As we enter the second half of 2013, what assumptions have you made that need to be revisited or challenged?

The assumptions your team makes in the course of your planning serve as the underpinnings of any solid strategy, but many of them may be outdated or just plain wrong when revisited. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asked his military advisors to discuss the assumptions they were making, in order to gain clarity on the current environment. They did this regularly as new information surfaced on the battlefield.

As it relates to your community, what assumptions have you made that impact your economic development plan?

Kenny McDonald

One Columbus Update

  • Several companies will be seeking Ohio Tax Credit Authority approval today in support of projects that will create new jobs and investment. Keep an eye on the In the Media section of our website, where we’ll be posting news stories and more information as it’s released.
  • We have a national journalist joining us in the Columbus Region this week for a comprehensive tour that will demonstrate the strength of business in the Columbus Region.
  • In the coming days, we’ll be hosting consultants and companies who are evaluating the Columbus Region. Our business development team is also planning a visit to Detroit in July.