Have you been in a situation where as soon as you reached a plausible explanation, you ran with it and never bothered to consider other scenarios that could be at play? Perhaps you jumped on one medical symptom and reached your own diagnosis without digging deeper. Maybe you had a problem with a project and never pursued it long enough to find out there was another reason for the underperformance. Or maybe you accepted a valid excuse for why someone left your organization without truly understanding their real motivation.

We like it when we find “the answer” — often embracing it more for its expediency than for its correctness.

It’s tempting to accept a rationale that is reasonable. But as much as we benefit from coming to decisions and moving on to the next thing, be on guard that you don’t stop your thinking prematurely. Too fast is often too soon.

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