Remember the 1999 movie The Matrix? One of the most iconic moments from the film was when the main character, Neo, had to make a choice between the red pill or the blue pill. He chose to take the red pill and to travel deeper down the rabbit hole of the computer-generated fantasy he was living in. Only by questioning every assumption was he able to distinguish reality from illusion.
When it comes to our own unconscious assumptions, we are all living in the Matrix - at least some of the time. Ask yourself, how much of your own behavior is the result of "programming" by family, school, and society? Some unconscious assumption is beneficial - we can drive to work on autopilot because we don't need to reinvent our route each morning - but when we simply stop questioning our actions, motives, and attitudes toward everything, we compromise our ability to lead, innovate, and problem-solve.
Taking the "red pill"-breaking free of "We've always done it this way" and "that's just the way it is" thinking-unplugs us from the Matrix and frees us to see people and situations in fresh ways. We're able to "walk around the room" and view circumstances from all perspectives. We become more empathic, creative, and perceptive. We begin to see things that other people can't.
How can you change your perspective on what you see and do every day? What assumptions should you and your people be questioning and inverting?