Changing course is how we maintain it, of course


Thomas Jefferson’s serpentine walls at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville teach us that the shortest distance between two points is not always straight line… especially if you’re on a tight budget for bricks.

Jefferson’s design, based on old English garden crinkle crankle walls, could cross a long distance using a single course of bricks without tipping over, thanks to its sinuous, zigzagging geometry.

Have you ever tried to stand up a flat piece of paper on its side?    You can’t… unless you fold it.

Sometimes you are told, “This is our plan.  We’re going to start at point A… and then we’re going to go to point B…”

So you start on your marching orders, but then you are told, “Hold on, we’re getting close to the end of quarter, and we need to boost results!  Stop what you’re doing and work on this short-term project.”

Zig. Zag.

The thing to do is to remember that this too is part of the journey, the twist that keeps everything standing up.  Take the detour, and don’t get derailed.

The value of a plan lays in its allowance for things to proceed otherwise than planned.

cf. Getting To/Away From A/B

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Posted on November 29, 2012, in Architecture, Business, Career, Coaching, Collaboration, Learning, Life, Management, Metaphors, Positivity, Project Management, Risk Management and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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