Monthly Archives: December 2013

LIFE: A PARADOX CONUNDRUM (4)

     

Life is full of paradoxes that some say require balancing; however accepting an appropriate location on the paradox continuum, when dealing with the paradox conundrum, may be as good as it gets! An example of such a paradox follows:

  • Patience is a Virtue
  • Patience is a Curse

In life, one critical factor for success is taking action. More importantly though, it is critical to take action at the appropriate time in order to achieve the optimal outcome. Sometimes it is important to be Patient, as an action in haste can have negative consequences. However it is equally important, at other times, to step-up and take action, as no action can also have negative consequences. The challenge, of course, is having the insight to know when to act quickly versus when to restrain from action until a more appropriate time.

  • Know when to Act       

LIFE: A PARADOX CONUNDRUM (3)

Life is full of paradoxes that some say require balancing; however accepting an appropriate location on the paradox continuum, when dealing with the paradox conundrum, may be as good as it gets! An example of such a paradox follows:

  • Trust – if you have it nothing else matters.
  • Trust – if you don’t have it nothing else matters.

Trust is well defined by Stephen M.R. Covey as a mixture of Character (Integrity and Intent) and Competence (Capabilities and Results). To be successful both personally and professionally, over the long-term, it is important to demonstrate both Character and Competence consistently in order to have/retain a High Trust reputation.

For this paradox, Trust Me, it is always better to be a person who can be Trusted versus a person who cannot; even when it means accepting some short-term challenges as a consequence.

  • Without Trust Little/Anything gets Accomplished.

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