- A wise person knows the proper aims of the activity she is engaged in. She wants to do the right thing to achieve these aims—wants to meet the needs of the people she is serving.
- A wise person knows how to improvise, balancing conflicting aims and interpreting rules and principles in light of the particularities of each context.
- A wise person is perceptive, knows how to read a social context, and knows how to move beyond the black-and-white of rules and see the gray in a situation.
- A wise person knows how to take on the perspective of another—to see the situation as the other person does and thus to understand how the other person feels. This perspective-taking is what enables a wise person to feel empathy for others and to make decisions that serve the client’s (student’s, patient’s, friend’s) needs.
- A wise person knows how to make emotion an ally of reason, to rely on emotion to signal what a situation calls for, and to inform judgment without distorting it. He can feel, intuit, or “just know” what the right thing to do is, enabling him to act quickly when timing matters. His emotions and intuitions are well educated.
- A wise person is an experienced person. Practical wisdom is a craft and craftsmen are trained by having the right experiences. People learn how to be brave, said Aristotle, by doing brave things. So, too, with honesty, justice, loyalty, caring, listening, and counseling.
So I’m wishing to be wise now?
We might wish to see things “as they really are,” but there is no way that things “really are,” at least not in the complex and chaotic social world we inhabit.
To expand, and to explain why being a manager who can reframe is so important — and why there’s a place in the world for public relations:
“Frame” is a wonderful metaphor because it emphasizes our capacity to take the chaos of the social world around us and organize it in an understandable way. In framing the scene, we are setting the picture off from its surroundings, excluding what is on the outside and defining what is inside as special and worthy of attention. Frames tell us what is important and help us establish what should be compared with what. The capacity we have to frame enables us to do one of the most important things that practical wisdom demands — discern what is relevant about a particular context or event in regard to the decision we face. Learning to frame well helps make us wise.
So I kindof hate my blog theme right now. It feels so aspirational and squishy, and doesn’t feel like it’s tied to my 2014 principle of DOING THE WORK. It’s content to talk about the work and think about the work without actually diving into what I’m doing/reading/learning/etc. I’m concerned I’m talking without walking — and I need to focus on the walk.
It’s time for another refresh to tie what I’m actually doing to where I hope it will take me. Something that’s a little more transparent, honest and real.
In the battle of the outdoor movies, Rosslyn handily defeats Crystal City this year with their amazing lineup of movies.
Rosslyn - Fridays:
May 30 - Office Space
June 6 - The Devil Wears Prada
June 13 - Horrible Bosses
June 20 - Thank You For Smoking
June 27 - Two Weeks Notice
July 11 - The Internship
July 18 - How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
July 25 - Up in the Air
August 1 - Nine to Five
August 8 - Empire Records
August 15 - Miss Congeniality
August 22 - Anchorman
Crystal City - Mondays:
Monday, June 2, 2014 • Airplane!
Monday, June 9, 2014 • Drop Zone
Monday, June 16, 2014 • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Monday, June 23, 2014 • Red Eye
Monday, June 30, 2014 • Top Gun
Monday, July 7, 2014 • Hot Shots
Monday, July 14, 2014 • Up in the Air
Monday, July 21, 2014 • Con Air
Monday, July 28, 2014 • ?
Monday, August 4, 2014 • ?
Monday, August 11, 2014 • Executive Decision
Monday, August 18, 2014 • Flight
Monday, August 25, 2014 • Snakes on a Plane