Summer Thoughts on the Pursuit of Truth
We mark the end of June with a few extra thoughts on the power of the “pursuit of truth” to unlock tremendous organizational productivity.
“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
At work, this can translate into embracing new information, even pursuing it, and making sure your team and peers value it as you do. No real innovation occurs until paradigms are challenged and tested. That takes open minds. Do you take an open mind to work, and push your team to do likewise?
“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”
In this we see our constant admonition to our clients to put aside pre-conceptions and experience to give each bit of new information the chance to be appraised for its own worth. Never discount new ideas, just because they challenge your current understandings and preferences! Clear your mind of those filters. They can inhibit innovation.
“In order for a proposition to be capable of being true, it must also be capable of being false.”
While you must always value new information, you must also challenge it honestly. This is where those old experiences and filters can be useful, as long as you don’t assume the old is more likely to be true than the new! Each must constantly prove itself anew as time goes by.
We look forward to sharing more thoughts, and hearing yours, in July!