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The Value Of Challenging Our Assumptions

filed in Brand Strategy, Marketing

It’s 6am, and a passer-by bends down to leave a couple of bananas next to the homeless guy who is turning over in his sleeping bag in the doorway of 7-Eleven. When he wakes, he gathers his things and the few coins in his tin. He drops the fruit in a nearby bin and heads into the city.

The passer-by made an assumption about how best to help. But despite her good intentions their worldviews didn’t align.

This misalignment between giver and receiver, provider and user, business and customer occurs all too often. It happens when our understanding of the people we serve falls short—when we’re more focused on our story than we are on theirs.

We can challenge our assumptions about our customer’s wants and needs with knowledge, proof and truth. We seek those out by noticing, questioning, and understanding.

How are you doing that in your business?

Image by Gary Knight.

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