Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hindsight is easy, try repenting on the job

And here's a funny one... did you hear the one about the former Labour Prime Minister at Yale: “It is true, that we had ten years of record growth when I was Prime Minister. I have, unfortunately, come to the conclusion that it was luck.”

Why is it that we want think we want leaders without such honesty, while they're leading us?
What stops people saying those sort of things?
Why do we have to respond to critique with self-defence?

More at Adrian Warnock's blog and from Alfred Poirier via Andy Weatherley.
Article:  The Cross and Criticism by Alfred Poirier

None of which is to say that there's anything wrong with holding firmly to truth (which some see as the opposite of humility) nor at times echoing these words from Jack Bauer (Day 7, episode 1):
"Please do not sit there with that smug look on your face and expect me to regret the decisions that I have made, because, sir, the truth is, I don't."
We make decisions and run with them and take responsibility for them and their consequences. If we think we hold our ground without shirking, if it turns out we called it wrong then we're all the more able to admit that.


  1. I love that article that you linked to. It's fantastic.

  2. It's one of the most helpful articles I've come across, particularly on that topic.