Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

Reading Edwin H. Friedman’s “A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix”

“As long as leaders … base their confidence on how much data they have acquired, they are doomed to feeling inadequate, forever. … everywhere in our society, the social science construction of reality has confused information with expertise, know-how with wisdom, change with almost anything new, and complexity with profundity.”

– P. 96


“… the proliferation of data also has an addictive quality. The pursuit of data, in almost any field, has come to resemble a form of substance abuse, accompanied by all the usual problems of addiction: self-doubt, denial, temptation, relapse, and withdrawal.. … What does it take to get parents, healers, and managers, when they hear of the latest quick-fix fad that has just been published, to “just say no?”   …

…three characteristics of imaginatively gridlocked society; a treadmill of always trying harder, a focus on finding answers rather than reframing questions, and a polarization of false dichotomies.”

– P. 98-99.


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