I’ve been persuaded that the greatest management gurus lived many centuries ago. It seems my management hero Tom Peters was not actually the first one after all!
How about the two pieces of pure wisdom shown below for present day managers? This advice is free and goes back fifteen hundred years and one thousand years.
So often in modern management we think that we must understand absolutely everything before we take any action.
This wonderful ‘old world’ wisdom tells us that we should just simply ‘believe’ and then work to understand, rather than be obsessed with searching for understanding and look for proof of everything before we believe.
To me it’s called having faith in what you feel is ‘right’ in your gut – ‘going with your heart’ as I often describe it.
I cannot see how this can possibly be considered controversial …. But I’m sure some of you will come back to me with a counter view.
Anyway – here is the wisdom – let me know what you think:
“Credo ut intelligam – translation; I believe in order to understand.” - St Augustine of Hippo: (354-430 AD)
“I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand” - Anselm (1033-1109)