Watch out for the Assumptions

Alexander Hold Challenge

Assumptions are widely use in our daily present and is in many situation replacing facts due to ignorance. Often assumptions are very important in the process of discovering a state of truth in connection to some kind of research matter, but we do also state assumptions every time we are presented with a challenge. There is nothing wrong with stating assumptions since they are deadly important for finding an answer, but do you consider what kind of assumption you make for yourself?

The concept is best explained with an example:

You are participating in a team work event and your team of 4 persons is handed out 4 pieces of wood. You are asked to cross a football field without walking the ground.

There are several different solutions to the challenge, but one of the most obvious solutions is to work as a team and move one wooden block forward at a time, while all 4 are balancing on the remaining 3 pieces of wood. The solution is very good for the team spirit and will do the challenge, however it won’t let you beat the others teams.

Another solution is to break the wooden blocks into 8 pieces instead of 4 and then cross the field one person at a time.

Someone would argue that the last solution is cheating, but the truth is that the reason for the thought of cheating is due to the self-made assumption: that you are not allowed to break the wooden blocks into smaller pieces. This situation is a great example of how an assumption becomes a limitation.

Consider the example and think of what assumptions you make for yourself every day. Some of the assumptions made are fair, where others are simply limitations that keep you from doing what you really want to. The case in not only relevant in relation to business, but does also apply in your private life.

So watch out for the assumptions, and make sure that they don’t become limitations.

Thought-Leader Series

Alexander Hold - Thought Leader Series

During my time at Aarhus University Institute of Business and Technology I founded and hosted a range of popular guest lectures under the name of the Thought Leader Series.

The concept of the guest lecture series was to invite CEO’s from the business community around the University to speak for the students about their way up the career latter, as well as giving a realistic image of how the theory taught at the university is practiced in the real market.

The guest lecture series was arranged next to my daily studies in my spare time, and I consider the Thought Leader Series as being my entrepreneurial hobby project. The project did not serve to earn money and was a total non-profit arrangement sponsored by Aarhus University.

Read about the CEO’s guest lecturing in the Thought Leader Series here.

The project was supported and sponsored by Aarhus University Institute of Business and Technology, and the Thought Leader Series was recognized by the management.

The Thought Leader Series had great success and experienced its largest audience with its last guest lecture held by Georg Soerensen CEO of MCH.