Why it is wise to improvise

1949c57d35720c35ea6153a0612193bbWhen you ask people to define wisdom, they tell you it’s about ‘Exercising judgement when it’s not possible to be certain’.

And that is also a pretty good definition of improvisation.

Wisdom takes care of the gap between what we notice and what we can imagine.

If we are thinking about how organisations operate,‘what we can imagine’ is a desired state of affairs – a future perfect description of how we would like things to be, perhaps expressed as a vision statement. ‘What we notice’ is how matters stand now in relation to this imagined future.

Between the two is ‘Improvisation Space’ in which we respond in the moment, making use of what we have, in the service of what we want.

And so the skills of improvisation are the practical embodiments of wisdom. What wise choices can you make today?

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