Paradoxes: Embracing Contradiction
Being effective is largely a matter of being able to handle paradoxes — or at least balance two opposing thoughts and hold them in an appropriate tension.
In other words, part of being effective involves having a high threshold for cognitive dissonance; allowing for interruptions to default thinking patterns; allowing for bouts of agnosticism and unlearning.
Or, as novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once pithied it…
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
(yes, I just verbed pithy… if they can verb architect, i can verb pithy)
Some questions to consider, then:
What are some of the ways to develop and refine this ability?
How could you measure this ability?
How could you know if this ability had become over-developed?