Saturday, November 28, 2009

Your Way Or The Right Way?

We all like to think that we do the right thing.

But it's very easy to get lazy and reverse the causality--to believe that something is right because we do it.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel famously said of the Great Recession, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste."

Yet pushing your own agenda in the face of facts is likely to end in disaster, whether your name is George W. Bush or Barack Hussein Obama.

Nor is this peril restricted to politics. How often in your company do you find yourself arguing for "your" position? Eventually, you may even forget why you decided on that position to begin with.

The young are often obsessed with being right. One talented young fellow I know argues with everyone, trying to prove his point. But "being" right is an oxymoron. You cannot "be" right. You can only choose rightly.

Forget about being right, or getting your way. Focus instead on finding the right way, and the hard work it takes to follow it through all its twists, turns, and dead ends.