We humans, we love our fences, don’t we? When we’re not shouting at each other across them, we’re sitting right on them.
I saw plenty of that in the last few months. In the political contest that was all the Nigerian rage, many of us stood in the middle, unable to make up our minds. We had our reasons of course, but still…
Just what is the attraction of fences?
Is it so much the difficulty of the decision (as many would say) or the fear of ending up wrong? (After all, you can’t go wrong betting on a fence, can you? Yeah, you can’t go right either, though, but who’s to know? And anyway, you can always say, “I always knew that would happen!”)
What if it really is indecision?
What if there’s no fear of being wrong, just the challenge of deciding one way or another? So many things to consider. Fair enough. Except that the situations real life throws at you tend to demand decisions (something to do with that tyrant, time); and that’s when really great leaders stand out from the pack. I’ve long wondered how they did it. Here’s the difference as I see it (or more probably picked it up from God-knows-where): while the rest of us squabble over various issues, these guys drill the situation down to the essentials.
As it turns out, things tend to go much simpler from there.
So when you’re stuck for what way to take, before you start looking for more information, ask the really important question:
“What are the big questions here?”
Can you give examples of how this has this worked for you before?