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Channels contributed to:News & Events Leadership Women in Business Arts & Humanities
Rooms participated in:Tufts University Global Talks Series Timothy Smith Network Leadership-in-Action All-hands meeting 2023
Andrew, thank you for sharing this insightful reflection on Charles Osgood's poem--It brilliantly underscores the nuances of leadership, collective responsibility, and the pitfalls of assumption and serves as a reminder that inaction can often stem from mere miscommunication or misplaced expectations. I also appreciate your take on balancing personal responsibilities with community involvement – a delicate equilibrium that every leader, in any capacity, strives to achieve. It's a lesson many of us need to hear, digest, and apply in our professional and personal spheres!
Thank you and glad to share! I love your phrase "the pitfalls of assumption" to highlight the issues around perceptions and communication when facing a difficult task.
Additionally, while the poem points to one source of inaction, it is always good to keep aware of the others. Resource constraints, sunk cost fallacy, perceived bureaucratic hurdles, fear of failure or feeling overwhelmed can paralyze the decision-making process. Being prepared to not only face internally these solution-stalling-states of mind and being able to help our teams/communities overcome them is no small leadership challenge. Put another way, we should always be ready to answer the "But what can I do?" question with realistic and impactful actions when seeking to make change in the world around us.