We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them
I came across an interesting quote that
essentially sums up the value of membership in Chief Executive Boards
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used
when we created them."
- Albert Einstein
point was that anyone's knowledge and understanding is limited to his own
experience, training, education, and information sources. He was also making a
case for the advancement of science and knowledge, which expands the inventory
of possible solutions to any problem. And does so in surprising and sometimes
unpredictable ways. Advancements in silicon technology enabled
microelectronics which enabled implantable medical devices like pacemakers
which enable people to live longer which extends their productive earning
years which enables their children to go to college which enables those
children to advance a yet unknown area of knowledge.
At every meeting of Chief Executive Boards International a member puts a
problem on the table, asking for the experience, advice and counsel of the
other CEOs and business owners at the meeting. And in almost every case, that
member goes away with either a solution or a new set of ideas by which to
pursue a solution.
And they're different ideas than the member came in the door with. What's the
difference? Perspective. The other board members are rarely
looking at the problem the same way the member is (and has been) looking at
it. And they have knowledge, experience and viewpoints previously unknown to
the member with the problem. Thus we're solving problems using a different
kind of thinking than was used when they were created.
If you don't have an alternate source of significant perspective on your
business and your life, Chief
Executive Boards International might be a source of that. You might
discover solutions to problems you've given up on. Or you might discover a
valuable perspective on an opportunity that would never have
occurred to you on your own.
Would that be valuable to you?