“Man is a little germ, that lives on an unimportant rock ball, that revolves around an insignificant star, on the outer edges of one of the smaller galaxies. But on the other hand, if you think about that for a few minutes, I am absolutely amazed to discover myself on this rock ball rotating around a spherical fire. It’s a very odd situation.”
We have a strong tendency, especially in the face of difficulties in our working and organisational lives to ask “Why?” Sometimes being more grounded and asking “What?”, at least as a beginning point, can provide different and more powerful insights.
Mostly, when they get stuck, leaders and managers in organisations simply want to come to grips with the situation, improvise and gradually find a way forward. Too frequently, though, they are led to believe, particularly in more formal training programmes or by “expert” consultancies, that the only way this can occur is through an evidence driven approach. And yet the way we typically go about resolving on next steps and adaptive moves is generally much less precise … but often more effective!