“The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this; nor is it in the nature of human intellect to become wise in any other manner.”

– John Stuart Mill

When Is a Strategy Approach Grounded?

In my previous post I argued why, in today’s digital world of continuous disruption, all strategy should be grounded. I used a metaphor of a tree to sketch the overall idea of a grounded strategy and explain why being grounded is so important: to make sure that your organization does not get blown down or blown away by…

“The acquisition of knowledge can not serve only to perform immediate tasks or answer a question, at least not if we wish to approach the higher goal of wisdom. Your phone can make you an instant expert on anything, thanks to Google and Wikipedia, and this is incredibly useful.
Doing so doesn’t make us dumber any more than encyclopedias, phone books, or librarians made us dumber. It is only the next stage of how our technology allows us to create and to interact with more information faster and faster…T
The danger isn’t intellectual stagnation or an addiction to instant fact-finding missions. The real risk is substituting superficial knowledge for the type of understanding and insight that is required to create new things.”

– Garry Kasparov

“One of the most consistent findings in the literature on decision-making and performance is that the best groups perform better than the best individuals, because groups are able to take advantage of the collective wisdom and insight of multiple individuals, while individual judgments reflect the narrower insights and skills of just one person.”

–  Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton