Last Word on Ambiguity

Well, you can have too much of a good thing, can't you? As promised in our previous post, we'll now look at how, having made an effort to minimize the ambiguity we see, we deal with what's still there.

Inevitably, there's a lot been written about this and it's available on the Internet. However, it generally reduces to the following general principles.

Firstly, be aware that the ambiguity and uncertainty exists. The old saying "ignorance is bliss" is not really applicable to business.

Secondly, be practical and flexible. This means coming up with ideas that reflect the obvious difficulty of the ambiguous situation. Determination is not always a good thing.

And finally, be comfortable with the situation, as this supports the efforts mentioned above.

Many societies and organisations have (consciously or not) successfully developed such mindsets in response to ambiguity. This is something that business organisations can usefully study and work on as well.

That's the end of our summer discourse on ambiguity. As we near the end of the season, stand by for some new topics


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