Sit in your thinking chair and think, think, think

Thinking about quite a few things today. Perhaps the one of most immediate import, at least to me, is about consequences.

Whenever we mess something up, there is a price to pay. Sometimes the price is right, but many times it is out of proportion with the mistake we made; either we luck out and it isn’t as steep as we deserve, or it is much worse than the mistake seems to warrant.

The one thing that seems to be constant is that the impact of your mistake is directly related to the level of responsibility you have. Even if it is something minor, but you have a position of great responsibility in your organization, many more people seem to be impacted than if someone lower on the organizational chart had done something similar.

This may not be universally true, but in recent events, at least, it seems that way to me. I’m actually thinking of something that happened with a friend this week, but I suppose the same is true in view of international events lately. Of course, we’re lacking all the facts in these events, but some of it points to a failure to act appropriately in the face of credible evidence of danger. The results have had enormous impact and will likely continue to do so for quite a while.

The moral of this story? Think, think, think.

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