“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
– Albert Einsteinn
It seems obvious: In business and in life, make good decisions. Decisions need balance between the required action, the human and capital resources required, and consideration of the immediate and long-term consequences. Decisions lead to actions, and actions yield outcomes. Bad decisions have damaging costs. The problem is there are many different views about what is the right decision.
Wisdom adds tremendous value into the decision-making process. Wisdom brings a unique perspective, which reduces anxiety, increases power, expands responsibility, and improves effectiveness and efficiency, resulting in people making better decisions.
Yet wisdom is rarely available in most decision-making processes. Expediency, profitability, practicality, convenience, politics, and tactics are often the only drivers. Include emotion and psychology in the decision-making mix and it’s no wonder so many poor decisions are made, both personally and professionally.
Wisdom brings a comprehensive perspective. Wisdom brings a higher level of integrity. Wisdom moves decision-making from individual concerns to the greater good. Wisdom enhances relationships. Wisdom reduces emotional reactivity. Wisdom brings clear-headedness. Wisdom brings a neutral third party. Wisdom brings a context of workability. Wisdom moves confusion to clarity.
The purpose of the In Search for Wisdom Project is to bring wisdom more fully into people’s work and lives, so better decisions are made — for the decision makers and the people around them. We intend to access wisdom through a series of interviews with wise people as well as courses and programs enabling businesses and organizations to make wisdom more available so that better decisions are made.