Friday, April 29, 2011

Learning the Ropes

I once knew a person who said that a great turning point in his study of a foreign language came when he stopped resisting the pronunciation and rules and accepted them as a given. He knew that sounds strange and foolish and yet he had been seriously trying to learn the language on his own terms and not the terms of those who speak it.

The organization that has an A through M through G process is not going to smile on attempts to go from A directly to G, even if such a course of action has benefits. Those of us who are impatient learn to adjust in order to be effective. If we are especially talented, we may discover ways to expedit the journey through the established pattern, but it will be a rare day when we can change the pattern itself. Basing a strategy on an exception to the rules is seldom a sound move.

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