Being Clever vs. Being Wise

“You can tell a man is clever by his answers. You can tell a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), Egyptian novelist, Nobel Prize Laureate

What kind of example are you setting as a leader? Do you focus more on your answers or your questions? How about your team – do you coach them to be more clever or wise?

Practice: Decide today that you are going to ask a question as your response to learn more about a situation vs. simpy replying with what you think the answer should be or is. You may be surprised with what you uncover. Have fun evolving.

Where I’ve Been: I haven’t been here for a while, but I’m glad to be back. Thanks to all of you who have written me and given me nudges to get back out here. Two months ago, I started a really interesting project and needed to focus on ensuring the program and team were properly prepared for long-term success. We are now positioned for success, and I am thrilled to be available to be engaging with this broader audience again.

Some of you have sent me topics that you’d like to see me cover more frequently. I will do that. Thanks for the guidance – keep your ideas coming.

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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  1. Sandy, welcome back! Good luck on the project.

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