At some point, we started seeing every situation as a binary option.
Win or loose.
Good or bad.
Give or take.
Growth or irrelevancy.
With or against me.
And so on. That’s only a narrow interpretation of how things are. One, perhaps, that makes it easier for us to interpret the complexity of situations right here right now. And at the same time, sets us for a neverending battle.
Probably the biggest lesson I have learned in business school is that there is no single, mystical key. Most of the questions about what to do in this or that scenario were met by professors with a very convincing “it depends”. It’s not a way to be conservative and not accountable, rather a powerful sentence that unlocks deep understanding, analysis, and decision-making based on the current situation rather than on mere knowledge and experience.
Eventually, I am certain this is an approach that better fits learning, change, impact.