Clarity, Simplicity and Certainty

This morning i was lucky to host an online group for a Leadership Campfire around ‘Accountability’, where we considered the formal and social structures within which we construct our sense of consequence and action.

This afternoon i’m running an in person session in Ghent exploring ‘Leadership in the Social Age’.

I have felt restless with both of these sessions – choosing to leave behind my certainty and convenient understanding in favour of exploring new ideas and new connection – new vocabulary. I feel very lucky to have been given the space to do so.

It strikes me that often we are rewarded for clarity, simplicity, and certainty, whilst our learning and advancement may be held in ambiguity, curiosity and uncertainty.

We must quest for the answers – and yet our culture and sense of consequence may prevent us from so doing.

It’s the dichotomy of the modern and successful Organisation: to be successful in one domain whilst learning to be effective in another, possibly in an entirely different paradigm of operation.

I could draw a picture that purports to show ‘a truth’, or maybe even ‘the’ truth. I could probably get a book deal to publish it too. But it would be a lie: an incomplete but convenient type of truth. A comforting one.

Sometimes our challenge is to be clever enough to discover the truth, and sometimes it’s to be clever enough to keep questing, because we are not yet ready.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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