“If you are not seeing things properly, you have no hope of any sort of breakthrough,” so wrote Joshua Cooper Ramo in his thought-provoking book “The Age of the Unthinkable”, quoting the Buddhist principle of Right vision: Right intention: Right action (in that order).
If we are going to make something different happen, for example, in an organization, we might need a ton of learning. Without that, we won’t be able to see clearly how things lie, what the state of the art is, and where the leading edge can be found.
Approach the problem at the level of everyday information and process detail and we have a great deal to assimilate to get even close to seeing the overall picture, and, short of that, our actions won’t deliver the breakthrough we seek. Our energy may well be wasted, or even make things worse. So learning is vital.
But maybe we can quicken the pace…
Develop our vision at a deeper level and seeing things properly becomes much less complex. It’s much easier to see the leading edge if we trade in questions like “Where is the fear and what is it?”, “What does this event signify in the span of a life?”, and “How can human connection flow in this situation?” Then the details become much less important.
As Gene Early says, “always go to the deepest level of truth.”
There may not be time to do anything else.
Remember, Einstein famously said “We can’t solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
How much learning do you need to make something different happen?
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