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In your toolkit, do you have precision and finesse or blunt tactics?

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Carlo Mahfouz | Aug 27, 2023

Precision and finesse are the hallmarks of maturity and evolution. (Share on Twitter)

You go to a surgeon to help you remove a tumor. Do you expect them to use blunt tools or the most surgically precise equipment they could use?

They come to the table equipped with the most advanced tools and sophisticated knowledge they can attain with years and years of study in their backlog.

And yet when they face the task at hand, in each encounter, while they have an approximate map and understanding of what they will encounter, every surgery is unique and different because our bodies are different.

They go into unknown territory, solving complex problems with the best tools and knowledge they have, which they keep evolving and maturing every year, and it doesn’t stop.

Why am I telling you this? It’s unfathomable to me that in the 21st century, we still use medieval tools to handle complex problems in our society, organizations, and personal lives.

We hack at problems instead of using surgical precision with blunt tools reminiscent of the days when we would have used dull knives to cut open for surgery. Tools such as closing up, isolating, or depriving — building motes for competitive advantage or constraining the competition of resources to succeed. Tools in our personal lives and societies that mirror archaic behavior that doesn’t reflect the maturity and evolution we are in.

In your toolkit, do you have precision and finesse or blunt tactics?

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A Poem: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou



The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

Read the full poem

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