I was in a meeting this week where the meeting leader asked everyone in the room to rank our capability in a particular area [not important what] and every person in the room gave the same answer ... 7.
I was immediately reminded of a rule my little brother [who at the time he told me this was a senior incollege] and his friends have about banning the number 7 from rankings. You can guess what their context was.
But think about it ... he's totally on to something. 7 is a cop-out. It's lazy. It's a C. It's mediocre. It's nothing to be proud of, yet we [me included] have no reservations about publicly rating ourselves a 7.
So from here on out I am banning 7 from my rankings. Either I go with 6 - which should be alarming enough to take the right actions to jump the 7 transom and at least get to 8. Or I go with an 8 and look for ways to kick it to a 9 or 10.
Who's with me?