“Context is everything”.
It’s a phrase that has been attributed to many authors. Regardless of who said it first, it’s an important message.
It reminds us that just because behaviour in one context led to a given outcome, the same behaviour isn't guaranteed to lead to the same outcome in a different context.
It becomes even less likely when we are in a turbulent or highly disrupted environment.
Believing that actions and outcomes are inextricably linked, regardless of the context, can lead to unrealistic expectations. It also traps us into relying on assumptions that aren’t true.
The alternative is to adopt a mindset of Contextual Curiosity. This reminds us that no matter how familiar a situation may at first appear, there’s always some element that makes it unique and, therefore, warrants a closer look.