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KerryOn: Let me run this by you

I don't know how many times the words let me run this by you have come out of my mouth – definitely more than I can count. Anytime I’ve come across something new, be it an opportunity or an obstacle, I begin to play around with ideas in my head. Inevitably, regardless of what the idea is, I end up sharing it with someone who can help provide insight into the situation.

While I would like to believe that I can solve all puzzles on my own, I know this is not true. I need to get perspectives from others to build upon my understanding in the moment. Having another perspective is important for a few reasons. One is to confirm my idea is either completely crazy or not crazy enough. The other reason is as an extroverted thinker, I need to process ideas by talking about them. When I practice let me run this by you it allows me to hear my own words out loud and provides a way to process the information.

There are times let me run this by you has altered the direction of my life. Therefore, the selected let me run this by you people are the most critical people in my life when it comes to my decisions. These are the people I seek out specifically in that moment to gain greater perspective. Depending on what my let me run this by you is (relationships, career, finances, health) the person I seek may vary.

Although each situation provides a different opportunity for outreach, there are similar qualities from each let me run this by you person that shine through. The first is trust. I don't run things by people I don't trust. Full stop. And I'm guessing I’m not alone. My let me run this by you people will listen to me wholeheartedly, without judgement, and without agenda. I trust my words will be confidential and they have my best interests in mind.

The second quality I seek in my let me run this by you people is creativity. They see the world in ways that help me expand my thoughts. They can help me formulate new ideas by sharing unique perspectives I can build upon. When I share something with my let me run this by you people, I’m not necessarily looking for opinion or advice, I’m looking for a new lens. A different way of viewing a situation. And they keep letting me run it by them, until the view comes into focus.

And finally, the honesty my let me run this by you people provide has immeasurable value. When I share something with my let me run this by you people, I’m looking for them to share openly with me, with honest and critical feedback. I need that to help identify my blind spots.

The let me run this by you people in our lives are the ones who know us well. We can send a message and receive a response quickly to the thoughts rattling around in our brains. Take a moment to appreciate the let me run this by you people. They have played a significant role through many decisions, perhaps even more than we can count.

KerryOn Questions

- Who are the let me run this by you people in your life (relationships, career, finances, health)?

- How can you strengthen the trust, creativity, and honesty in these relationships?

- In what ways can you better your let me run this by you qualities for others?

The Kerry behind KerryOn

My name is Kerry K. Fierke, Ed.D. (pron. Fear-Key) I have a unique combination of skills and experience – decades of fast-paced corporate experience in Fortune 100 companies and large health care organizations, combined with the academic rigor of a highly ranked research university. My focus is supporting others to create their own path to leadership development, lifelong learning, and a unique leadership legacy. Take a moment to focus on leadership, then KerryOn!

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