A Curious Mind W(o/a)nders

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Confusion and Clarity

Well another of my pet "wonder" themes. Exactly what proportion of confusion and clarity leads to breakthroughs.

People with too much clarity, they're rarely very successful on the innovation frontier. They're great sieves for the crazy ideas but as a source of those ideas, nope.
And the "confused" person, he'll come up with brilliant ideas but he's too confused to be sure of which is "the" idea to pursue.
People at these diverse poles could form ideal teams for crazy breakthroughs but more often than not, each does not understand/respect the other's shortcoming/strength and people at the extremes have huge egos!

But confusion leads to clarity. And perfect confusion is when there is perfect clarity in the confusion...achieving that is an art I guess :-).


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