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Ask yourself, when you see an individual or collective entity fail to overcome a challenge, what your reaction is. I suspect a good many folks ask questions like, “what went wrong?” or “what obstacles got in the way?” I suggest that this is not a fruitful way to proceed. A far richer method of inquiry is to ask what ideas prevented individuals or groups from being able to address (perhaps solve) the problem. This sounds like a subtle difference, but it is in fact Grand Canyonesque in reality. We’ll explore this difference, I hope, soon.

One Response to “Problems Happen Always and Everywhere”

  1. Dan says:

    It’s come to be accepted in the tech world that tech companies are rarely killed by competition. They usually self-destruct before any predators move in.

    Perhaps in general internal problems matter far more than external threats…

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