I’ve been told that “Leemers” is a term used by naval aviators to describe a gut feeling that something is wrong, even if there’s no definitive proof. Some have assumed it came from the world “leery” but I have no idea. What I DO know is that it’s a brilliant concept and something we need to consider in our work. How often have you had a “gut check” about something, but dismissed it because you had no proof?
Call it a hunch, the voice of God, a check in your spirit, or just a suspicion, but I would suggest you start checking it out. Of course, don’t let these things paralyze you or control your progress, but at least pause and give it some thought. Leaders – don’t dismiss your employee’s gut feelings about these things, and employees, have the courage to speak up. You never know when a simple gut feeling could save the company from disaster.
After all, how many companies, plane crashes, or sunken ships, happened in spite of no definitive proof that anything was wrong?