I am reading The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I enjoyed his description of how history is extremely opaque; how “you see what comes out, not the script that produces events.” He describes three ailments the human mind suffers when it comes into contact with history (he calls them the ‘triplet of opacity’):
Not surprisingly, we see these ‘ailments’ all the time. The trick is balancing our tendency to ‘Platonify’ with the need to make sense and become aware of the inherent unpredictability of our organisational environments. A bit more inquiry and listening, a little less arrogance (believing we know best). Continuing to see good data..and supplementing it with the willingness to try things and see what happens.
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Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been a Director of Anecdote since 2004 and helped the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies. Connect with Mark on:
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