The first duty of a wise advocate is to convince his opponents that he understands their arguments and sympathizes with their feelings.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Today I disregarded my opponents and spent the day with my allies. For 11 hours we discussed change management, Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework and my motivation perspective coordinate system. Plus, we told a lot of great stories about this time and that where we enjoyed ourselves, failed miserably, succeeded triumphantly and learned a lot about driving change in complex organizations.
We rattled off book after book that each of us had read and was encouraging the others to read. I haven’t totaled up all the titles, but I think my reading list is now full for the next several months, if not several years.
Cherish your allies and study your opponents. Both will make you a more wise advocate tomorrow than you are today; and everyone could use more wisdom these days.
Have a fabulous week driving change!