No.237: Love it. Hate it.

Willmot's Weekly Wisdom

We adore our solutions. You know that your idea to reduce operational costs is the best. The manager you selected to head the project is the only choice. Your approach to negotiating the deal is what will succeed.

It’s difficult to comprehend how anybody would challenge your suggestions. You’ve examined it from every angle, and there are no flaws or better solutions. You love it.

However, when someone is selling a solution to the group that you don’t like, you tend to deny that the issue is a problem at all. The reason is that if you diminish the problem, the solution is unwarranted and therefore you don’t need to accept the proposed answer.

But the problem is real. It won’t disappear because you deny its existence.

The alternative is to agree that something must be done. You will be surprised how much is achieved when you agree that something must be done and whether you love it or hate is no longer what’s important.

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
— St. Francis of Assisi.