Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Some Alarms

man wearing black suit sitting by the table while smoking

Some alarms clang and some work silently. There are, however, particular circumstances when it is wise to observe and listen with care. Beware when the following are present:

  • Extreme cleverness. "Too clever by half" is the great old description for a smart move that, upon reflection, isn't all that smart.
  • Tight deadlines. Unless it is an absolute bullets-flying and blood-pumping emergency, don't rush to make your mistakes.
  • No downsides. There are always downsides. They may not be large but they are always there.
  • Precedent-breaking. As the poet said, don't tear down a wall until you know why it was put up.
  • A temporary solution. Temporary practices can have long lives.
  • An underestimated opposition. Those slugs may show you some new and creative strategies.
  • Secrecy. As a general rule, if you cannot shout your goals from the rooftops, it is time to reconsider. Are there ethical reasons for the secrecy?
  • You're in love. It is very easy to fall in love with an idea, overlook its negatives, and lock the door to objectivity. A long courtship has its virtues.
  • Others?

[Photo by ali barzegarahmadi at Unsplash]

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