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Working in the “Fog of War”

We live in a less than perfect world, and in this world we have less than perfect eyesight. This reality creates frustration for people looking for certainty, clarity, and predictability. Now most of us desire certainty, clarity and predictability because it makes life less complex, decision-making easier, and judgment sounder. But we rarely have this luxury. More often than not, we live and work in the “fog of war.”

The trick then is to be both willing and able to effectively deal with complexity and ambiguity. As a matter of fact, I’ve become convinced that the ability to work effectively in the “fog of war” is a necessary quality leaders must possess today. The increasing speed of change at every level, from the family to society, from communities to nations, has nearly eliminated certainty, clarity, and predictability from our lives, and within organizations.

And SpringHill hasn’t been immune to this rapidly changing world, thus our staff recognizes the need to carry forth our mission in this “fog of war”. We call this ability simply “Resourcefulness”. Resourcefulness is being able to effectively work in complex and fast changing realities with less than perfect information. It’s the ability to lead others through the ambiguity, uncertainty, and chaos that so often marks the world in which we work.

And finally, and most importantly, it’s the ability to successfully carry forth our mission of communicating a timeless and changeless message to people that live in these rapidly changing days, and doing so without compromising this message or the God whose given it to us to share.

This is part 13 of 14 in a series of posts about what it takes to be successful at SpringHill.

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  1. Jeremy #

    Michael, thank you so much for this reminder. I feel like this has been exactly what has been going on in my life-I am the type of person who likes to know what the future holds and plan everything, getting my ducks all lined up in a row. This is a good reminder that not only is there uncertainty, but I think that God gives us fog in our lives to teach us to trust Him and His plan.

    -Jeremy

    November 26, 2012
    • Hey Jeremy,
      Thanks for the comment. I too like to know what the future looks like so I can plan for it. But God, in His wisdom, likes to create situations that require us to trust Him, as you said. Here’s to faith and fog,
      Michael

      November 27, 2012

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