Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thinking from Insular Time

These are today's thoughts to ponder from John Kay's OBLIQUITY:

"In obliquity there are no predictable connections between intentions and outcomes . . . . Problem solving is iterative and adaptive rather than direct . . . . The most complex systems come into being, and function, without anyone having knowledge of the whole. Good decision makers are eclectic and tend to regard consistency as a mark of stubbornness, or ideological blindness, rather than a virtue. . . . . " (13-14)

An oblique leader adapts continuously (135). And so does life.

1 comment:

  1. I've always loved the word oblique -- maybe I should read this book!