The flip side is that we don’t need leaders who are dogmatic and rigid, who only approach relationships and work through the lens of mistrust. We all have known leaders (I’m trying hard here to not point at politicians) who are more focused on problems than solutions and approach every issue as if it’s a nail and they are the proverbial hammer. We don’t need more blame, shame and endless arguments on who is at fault for the current dilemma we find ourselves in. I’ve come to believe there are actually very few problems left in life anymore – only dilemmas that must be carefully managed. Or, according to Ronald A. Heifetz, we are facing more adaptive challenges versus technical problems. We must not try to solve an adaptive challenge with a technical solution. This is often the cause of so much exhaustion and it’s also when we find ourselves relying too much on being critical. This takes us away from creativity and plops us right down in the middle of an ugly grey puddle of reactiveness. When here, the only thing we are truly capable of is getting those around us dirty with our mud-slinging and arguing over what should be black or white.
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