“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.” – Plutarch
When I was a young NCO, first leading Airmen, I used to practice a framework of sorts. Whenever I heard bad news, I would internally ask myself, “Will this matter in 5 minutes? 5 hours? 5 days?”
Externally, I kept my composure while asking this question, then I would respond as I felt the situation dictated, or not if I felt that was the best response. It had it’s pros (a reputation as unflappable) and cons (one of my Airman observed once – quite angrily) that I was a “damn robot!”
In our social media driven, instant communication world, do you have a framework?
I’ve previously blogged about the need of businesses to evaluate their strategies as a function of thermodynamics:
The short answer is that a business that does not engage in the continual evaluation of their operations becomes isolated from their competition. Their entropy increases.
I’ve also discussed this as a function of the evolution of a business in a competitive marketplace.
What got you there will not keep you there.
Today, I’d expand that line of thought by citing Anthony Giddens, a sociologist, and a particular thought on structures:
Structures do not determine outcomes, but define the potential range of outcomes. (Giddens)
In the context of the running discussion here about strategies and frameworks, I think it reasonable to posit that a framework and strategy do not determine an outcome but helps define the potential range of outcomes. Specifically, it helps you consider input, evaluate your options and execute your decision in accordance with defined parameters (such as goals and values).
In a world of results, results, results does theory matter?
I would suggest the answer to this is, “Yes.”
Language is a lens through which we view the world. Language is a framework. If we strive to inform and improve that framework through the study of theory in our given field(s), it seems to me it only helps. Of course, to achieve results one must Act on the theory and framework they’ve developed.
P.S. In doing a little light reading on this topic, I came across this fascinating article on words and their impact on our brains.