The county fair featured a science demonstration by “Professor Newton” who blurred the line between science and magic. He conducted experiments that entertained the audience but then he shared the scientific explanation behind what they had just seen and related it back to the scientific method.

For many, the scientific method sounds lofty — something that is practiced only by PhDs in lab coats — but Professor Newton boiled its essence down to concepts that even kids could understand:

  • Guess (aka: Develop a hypothesis)
  • Do (aka: Conduct an experiment)
  • Observe (aka: Measure experiment’s results)
  • Answer (aka: Confirm or revise hypothesis)

The simplified formula can be used by adults as well to add some structure to their plans. Rather than just proposing something new without forethought as to what will constitute success, the implementation of a rudimentary scientific method will help clarify expectations, benchmarks and next steps.

Take the advice of Professor Newton and utilize Guess, Do, Observe and Answer for your next project. Those extra moments of analysis will provide some rigor and ability for replication as you move forward.

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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