What Price Realism?
Is my outlook unrealistic? Look at what realists have done for us.
They have led us into dispute after dispute, 70% of publicly funded projects are still late and over budget, and we stumble behind other sectors in innovation and leveraging technology. Lets face it, the industry is not an attractive place for the young, bright, creative twenty somethings because of all the realistic leaders who still defend our mediocrity and close down possibility thinking.
I tell people who call me ‘unrealistic’ to show me what their realism has done. ‘Being realsitic’ is an outdated, overplayed and wholly exaggerated concept.
Optimism is realistic. Being unstoppable in the face of adversity and doubt is realistic. Powerful team relationships are realistic and we are one of the few sectors that plays on the periphery with collaborative working. Human beings are naturally realistic and optimistic about helping each other win.
Our system of ‘realistic’ business leadership is failing but the realists will cling happily to a rock that no longer exists. How do you KPI realism?
Where could you and your business do with a spot of unrealistic thinking, expectation and action?
- The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw.