Tuesday, November 5, 2013
TO LEAD OR TO MANAGE - A QUESTION OF AUTHORITY, POWER, WISDOM OR KNOWLEDGE
There is a difference between Wisdom and Knowledge. Though some feel that knowing all the answers (even if they might not know all the questions) is tantamount to reaching for (and achieving) the brass ring as they ascend to life’s mountaintops, they fail to account for situational differentiation as one size does not fit all solutions. They miss the subtle difference between wisdom and knowledge – failing to recognize that knowledge is a result of study while wisdom is the tangible result of one’s application of the knowledge they
work of others so they appear to have risen without doing anything to advance their cause or purpose. Individuals unable to accept success as a stepping stone rather than a destination – as a point from which to leap rather than a place upon which they settle – often find themselves chasing windmills rather than harnessing the wind. They find that coasting downhill is easier than pedaling up and accept living in the valley rather than climbing to the next peak. Those seeking power often do so at the expense of gaining authority. Seeking power focuses efforts on the means rather than the ends – on how something should be accomplished rather than on what must ultimately be achieved – often inhibiting creative efforts that might exceed (rather than simply meeting) expectations. Those accepting authority find themselves given more power than they could ever have imagined for when authority is assumed the responsibility (and reward) for outcomes is freely given.
Relationships fail when an individual tears down people rather than trying to lift them up. I have seen otherwise successful individuals fail once they achieved their goal because they became content with the