Issue 147 - 04 | In Defense of the Gray Area

By Phillip Barlag
Published Nov. 16, 2016 10:00 a.m.
“For countless cultural reasons, Americans have long associated the phrase with defeat. Yet, ‘I don't know’ is not an end, but a beginning. It is not a failure but an opportunity. ‘I don't know’ is a launch pad for deeper investigation. […]

Yes or no not only creates a false interpretation of historical or contemporary issues, it can also be dangerous. Isaac Asimov said violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. That refuge is frequently guarded by unyielding monolithic absolutes.”

About Phillip Barlag | Phillip Barlag is the author of The Leadership Genius of Julius Caesar and How to Fix America, a nonpartisan proposal for reforming the governance of the American system. He is an executive director at World 50, which initiates and facilitates the most interesting and influential business conversations in the world. He has the enormous privilege of serving leaders from some of the most well-respected companies around the globe. His writing has been published in Fast Company, MIT Sloan Management Review, and a number of influential business blogs. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and three children.

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