I am a recovering “black and white” leader. Left or right. Up or down. Wrong or right. Good or bad. Either/or.
Why do we get backed into corners when it comes to philosophy or theology or strategy or politics? No doubt in my mind that there are a variety of reasons. For me, and perhaps for you, I’m a product of my environment…parental guidance; school teachers and coaches; preachers and advisors; employers and employees; teammates; family members…all have had pivotal impact points on my life.
But, unexplainable events also have shaped me. Things happen that just don’t make sense…or at least they don’t seem to make sense at the time they happen. Both good and bad, by the way. Asking “why me?” occurs more often than not in my life because I feel so fortunate to be blessed as I have been.
This is one more attempt to let you know how important I believe it is that we look at life (business, family, politics, religion, etc) from a “both/and” perspective rather than an “either/or” point of view. At this stage of my life I’m asking (either to myself or right out loud) “REALLY???!!!” when someone makes a statement that they claim to be absolutely the only way.
Maybe, just maybe, there is more than one way…one idea…one path. Maybe, some things we just can’t explain at all. You know what? I’m finally comfortable with not knowing or even thinking that I have to know. What a place of freedom that is!
Try it. You might enjoy the freedom, too.