Blending Old School with New Tools
Until recently, I was so old school that I actually used maps as a guide on road trips. My daughter (age 20) was mystified by the archaic practice. When I got an iPhone, I started using the GPS application and it’s a handy tool. However, it’s not the same as getting directions from someone who knows the roads. After all, it gives programmed instructions based on the most direct route, overlooking issues like traffic and back ways familiar to someone who has actually been that way before.
Technology is great but it will never replace people. When you need advice, who do you go to? Google? A friend? I’m reminded of the lesson in the book of Joshua where Josh and his leadership team forgot to pray before making a covenant with a group of people who didn’t tell the truth about their motives and history and consequently got himself into a big mess. Note to self: consult the one who knows all things and sees everything before making commitments.
The drawback of only going to friends for advice is they are often limited by familiarity and see the things they expect to see. Have you noticed that you have to work harder to cultivate relationships with those that have a personality and perspective quite different from yours? There’s a reward in embracing the differences. It’s their eyes that are often the most discerning to see things we otherwise miss; enabling us to gain insight and perception from another angle. Of course, this is how a coach/consultant can be invaluable; they bring fresh eyes to the situation and can pick up on issues that you’ve grown so accustomed to tolerating, you don’t even notice them anymore.
Technology is great. But gadgets will never replace the deep, intuitive and multifaceted understanding of people you trust.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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