Why Not Having the Answer is a Good Thing

Adaptiveness is more Important than Intelligence

Consulting Cliches

Exponential Change

The best tool for finding answers is no longer intelligence but rather adaptiveness and co-creation.

Adaptiveness over Intelligence

The Power of Networks

Weak ties are the key. According to Eric S. Raymond in “The Cathedral and the Bazaar,” the open source software movement was successful because a network of part-time developers didn’t have a complete graph (i.e., every developer talking to every other developer). Instead, they had very limited interaction with each other, reducing network complexity. The main interaction was between these developers and project moderators, who aggregated the power of weak ties to allow space for all perspectives, thereby producing great outcomes.

Networks and Consulting

Our job as consultants is to coach the network through this process of co-creation. It is no longer to come up with the answers on our own. We don’t need to be the most intelligent, we need to help our clients adapt to rapid change and build a sustainable model of co-creation.

The next time you see a consultant acting like the smartest person in the room, politely tell them you know what time it is and walk away.

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Husband, father of 3 boys, 2 time entrepreneur, tech enthusiast (esp blockchain), yellow Whole Brain thinker and supporter of under-served communities

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Chad Hahn

Husband, father of 3 boys, 2 time entrepreneur, tech enthusiast (esp blockchain), yellow Whole Brain thinker and supporter of under-served communities