Factors Impacting How to Understand a Chaotic Situation

Chaotic situations are an all to frequent occurence in new ventures such as startups and new divisions.

Factors Impacting How to Understand a Chaotic Situation

Quickly understanding and acting on a chaotic situation can be very important.  Unfortunately, for any specific situation each participant sees (and remembers) things a little differently.

So, from time to time an executive involved in a new venture will come across a situation where each participant/observer describes the important issues differently. Individual perspectives may vary based on the following Factors Impacting How to Understand a Chaotic Situation:

  • Proximity
  • Personal opinions of other participants
  • Affiliations between participants
  • Clarity of memory and/or whether they were paying attention throughout the relevant segment(s)
  • What a person has at stake relative to the outcome of the “event”
  • Many other factors

Further, diligence may reveal that several of the participants are trying to keep certain portions of his/her knowledge secret.

The above can make discovery of the approximate truth a complex and “interesting” process.

Please See Also

The reader may want to search the Internet for the phrase “Truth is the shattered mirror strown In myriad bits”.  It is from The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi (also known as Sir Richard Francis Burton).  The Wikipedia at The Kasidah is one source.


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