I have a lot of bees in my bonnet on a regular basis.

I know this. I am aware that I exert too much energy discussing injustices and then trying to fix them.

Like a bee, I’m digging around. I’m trying to find something: an answer, a reason why, the lesson to learn.

Some recent examples in the news have been fodder for casual conversations that quickly become relevant to the executive coaching I do most often and love.

Two examples include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s disclosure of his “hidden” child and Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s attack on a hotel maid.

Two high-profile, successful, seemingly intelligent individuals who made, shall I say, bad decisions? Arnold’s choice to cheat on his wife cannot be compared to Strauss-Kahn’s violent act, of course.

The “bee” in these stories for me is this: how can people who seem amazingly smart make such ridiculous decisions?

The “bee” in me is trying to figure out how I can help my clients to avoid bad calls. To avoid going down a road (nothing like the routes Schwarzenegger and Strauss-Kahn took) that in the middle of a rushed conversation or meeting appears to be the ideal way to go.

Part of my digging has included re-reading two books by Sydney Finkelstein: Why Smart Executives Fail and Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions.

These two books, my thoughts, and the experiences of clients help me continue to collect the best material to take back to the hive—and share.

My bonnet will always be full of bees, yet at least I feel as if they are doing some good work.

© Leila Bulling Towne  2011

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