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Reading Edwin H. Friedman’s “A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix”
4 April 2012Posted by on
“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.