What do you do with paradox? (A paradox is a seemingly true statement or group of statements that lead to a contradiction or a situation which seems to defy logic or intuition. -- Wikipedia)
How do you explain your company's need to reduce expenses and expand at the same time?
High performance leaders must deal with paradox. They must deal with the fact that sometimes we need to hold what appear to be two conflicting ideas at the same time in similar (if not equal) measure. There is no easy answer. We wrestle with complicated problems that have no simple explanation. Some must be left to evolve. Some must be carefully sculpted into a sensible blend. But our issues are often not a yes or no proposition.
How leaders explain their need for paradox determines their credibility.
How do you expand energy without using public domain acquisition of property?
How do you reform banking without failing to compete internationally?
How do you adopt austerity measures and reduce unemployment?
Faced with complicated problems, leaders may not always choose either/or. Sometimes the answer lies somewhere within both/and.
High performance leaders find way to expand their possibilities and embrace what at first appears to be impossible.
It's part of what makes a leader successful.
What paradox are you wrestling with today? How can you explain it to your constituents?
-- Douglas Brent Smith