Friday, August 24, 2007

Am I willing to reclaim time to think?

This is a question Margaret Wheatley poses in her book Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope for the Future. The following is an excerpt following this question.

“Thinking is not inaction. When people can think and notice what’s going on, we develop ideas that we hope will improve our lives. As soon as we discover something that might work, we act. When the ideas mean something to us, the distance between thinking and acting dissolves. People don’t hesitate to get started. They don’t sit around figuring out the risks or waiting until someone else develops an implementation strategy. They just start doing. If the action doesn’t work, they try something different.

This might sound strange to you, because many of us deal with governments and organizations that can’t implement anything. It’s true for all bureaucracies - there’s a huge gap between ideas and actions. But this is because people don’t care about the ideas. They didn’t invent them, they know they won’t really change anything, and they won’t take risks for something they don’t believe in. But when it’s our idea, and it might truly benefit our lives, then we act immediately on any promising notion.”

What do you think?

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