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Eric Brown

Love the term "Intense Ambiguity".

I'm seeing a lot of that now...lot's of work being 'done' but little real progress on anything that makes a difference long term.

I'd rather be working for an organization that has a flawed strategy than one without one.


> How's that intense ambiguity working for you?

We are in the lucky position to have a direct contact to our upper management, because we are a small shop.

But we are separated in or during time have seen three groups:
1. The unsatisfied and silent
2. The exhausted
3. The ones who keep fighting

The first group does
- not think its their job to submit ideas to make things better or to give support but keeps complaining
- does not care

The second group tried to bring up ideas, partly fought for them but because of lack of understanding on one or both side(s) gave up and are in the first group now.

The third group sees all this as part of the job and stays more or less comitted by ideas, critic and protest.

David Zinger

I love the term intense ambiguity. It reminds my of football goalies who move to stop a shot when some research suggests if they didn't move they would make more saves. It is just hard not to feel you need to move sometimes.

Tanya Berezin

There are interesting challenges in both situations. When you work with a clearly formulated but wrong strategy, aren't you professionally obligated to champion a better strategy? But this, even if done cleverly and subtly, may be career-suicidal. When you are working with no strategy at all, that could well be your opening to create a well thought out strategy, sell it to the management, and make it seem like they came up with it. If done well, this can lead to much more satisfying results.

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the ambiguity always makes me nervous ...

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