All or nothing

“We don’t abandon our pursuits because we despair of ever perfecting them.” – Epictetus, Discourses, 1.2.37b

Too often in large organizations we lose flexibility. If we can’t do something for our 100,000 employees, we don’t do it for any of them. Or if we can’t be sure it’ll work, it’s already dead.

In the complicated world of ethics and compliance, we can’t wait for certainty before taking steps to address the risks we face. This is especially true now that the world is moving at an ever-faster pace. Our job is to create some measure of certainty that our proposed actions are going to generate progress. We learn from that experience (faster than if we simply tried to predict an outcome) and repeat the process.

Today, reject the all-or-nothing mindset and take action, however small.

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