Street Smarts Alerts
What are street smarts? They are those bits of wisdom earned through careful observation of - and exposure to - how the world really works. They often leave scars and vows never to repeat the experience, but their guidance is invaluable. Your street smarts alert starts to sound when:
- You've arrived at the important meeting and two key people have suddenly and mysteriously bailed out.
- A report goes into extraordinary detail on every point but one.
- An executive asks that a completely unnecessary opinion on a topic be put in writing.
- The person who promised to round up support on a project announces that he's having a tough time getting appointments.
- The phrase "Trust me" is used more than once in a meeting.
- A strategy is based on a complicated series of events that would make the best pool shots of all time look simple.
- As you listen to a proposal, you keep wondering, "What does this mean in plain language?"
- A decision that could have taken one week has not been made after four months.
- A noted opponent of a project wants to join the project team.
- The advocates for a major program keep insisting that it be approved without extensive examination.