A board member I met with yesterday is brilliant when it comes to numbers. Without even knowing what a business produces, he can see all its strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities just by looking at the financials. What a gift! At the meeting, he tried to relay his concerns emanating from a specific collection of numbers. Rather than try to grasp the full significance of those numbers, the way he had, most board members seemed prepared to just nod past his comments and move on to other business. As a coach and former entrepreneur, I couldn’t allow that to happen. When faced with a language we don’t fully understand, it’s tempting to glide past and shift our focus to what’s comprehensible and comfortable. And yet, we owe it to ourselves and others to learn.