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The pandemic has confirmed, what most of us already knew, our social, human, economic and political systems are failing us. That’s why we created Chew On This. A friendly and informal conversation thought starter to ask and engage with people who are on a journey to lead the possible rather than manage the probable. Each Chew On This is meant to inspire a shift in how we think about the world so that we can transform what we do, including our failures, into opportunities. Let’s get started…
Did you know 'revenge travel' is a thing??
Hang on to this. We’re going to circle back to it shortly.
Roger Martin, former Dean of Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto believes ‘conflict thinking’ is a good thing. He even wrote a book about it – The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrated Thinking.
In a nutshell the premise of the book is summarised by another author – F. Scott Fitzgerald – when he said..
"The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
Integrated thinking is that. Instead of choosing one idea over another, you hold both ideas in your mind and the tension between the two produces a creative new idea and solution. The solution contains the best of both ideas.
Let’s circle back to ‘revenge travel’.
We, like so many of you living with Covid19, miss traveling on holidays and visiting family living far away. We dream and anticipate traveling again. Many in the US, in this travel article, are already booking trips. Our ‘opposable mind’ can't help and wonder what all this pent-up revenge travel will mean for the other crisis we face – climate crisis??
What does your opposable mind think about this??
Let’s not waste this pandemic. Let’s use it to move from managing the probable to leading the possible. You in??