I live in San Diego. How lucky am I? We claim some of the best weather you might find and beautiful beaches and an amazing zoo to boot. What we don’t have much of is water. We have lived in drought conditions for at least a decade (likely more than two) and savor our rainy season, which is really the month of February, plus a little of January.

Well, it’s raining. And, raining more. And, raining more. As I write this, we are above 10 inches of rain for the season with a couple weeks left and a major storm dumping water today. That’s where it gets interesting—at least in my home.

We have a leak. It’s been there since last summer. Three roof repairs to a brand new roof…still a leak. Two different roofers. Two different quotes. Still a leak. Contractor sealing up the roof.  Still a leak. And, that brings us up to date. Frustrating. Damaging. The extent of damage won’t be known until we find the source.

Isn’t that the same with someone who fills in the unknown with their opinion? We don’t know what we don’t know, so we create our own story for the answer. Then, we share it. And soon you too have an insidious leak of an unknown source and a damage-level not yet determined.

So, what’s your solution? Information. When a decision is made, the very next choice is who needs to know, what do they need to know, and when will you tell them? Build this habit and your leak may not completely go away, but the drip is manageable.  And, when you know the source, you can manage it.  Now back to dumping my buckets….

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About Judy Hissong

Judy Hissong is the President of Nesso Strategies. A former law firm Chief Operating Officer, she helps firms become more profitable by developing leaders. Her mission is “world domination for Good.” By creating actionable, lightbulb moments that leaders want to share and spread, she intends to improve the world one person at a time.

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