One of the most reliable of ancient wisdoms is this: Don't challenge the inevitable. If there is an infrastructure logic to something, go with it. Don't go up against it.
Organizations may succeed for many different reasons. But many organizations fail for one reason - they did not adapt to the logic of the situations in which they found themselves. The logic of situations, from the interpersonal to larger economy, is always implicit - hidden, tacit. You have to figure it out without having the code book in your hand. If one of your lieutenants is gung-ho for your mission, and another expresses overt hostility to it, the logics of the two situations are quite different. If you play them the same, you may lose both ways.
Consider poker or bridge. Each game has a certain logic to it. If you can read it better than your opponents, you might win. It is the same for every competitor in every marketplace. The logic of the situation will always win. It pays to be on the side of the forces that are going to win.
Three concepts to ponder:
- How good you are at what you do is revealed solely by how well you perform under adversity. Make the logic of adversity your ally.
- What doesn't make you the best at what you do, makes you ordinary. What makes you ordinary can never make you the best. You can't beat that logic. People have been trying to do that for years.
- There is no necessary correlation between what people say and what people do. That's the logic. You can play it the other way - but, if you do - you will lose.