“Bridge Critical Thinking with Hope”
I heard that line this week while listening to “On Being,” a radio show/podcast with Krista Tippett. Her guest was Maria Popova, the creator and editor of “Brain Pickings.” I highly recommend both sites. In fact, I’ve written about On Being and Brain Pickings here before.
In the title quote, Ms. Popova is lamenting that somehow as a culture we’ve become bored with thinking, and that there’s an “epidemic of listicles.” We all love our lists, but they contribute to learning laziness. Ms. Popova added, “We want to have the knowledge but not do the work of claiming it.”
Where’s this going? Well, when our customers invest in Kronos solutions, there’s a great deal of thinking that goes into how the system will be set up to support the specific needs of the organization. It takes work. Workforce management and human capital management are complex business issues, and are continuously impacted by external factors like economic cycles, regulatory changes, and a changing workforce. Are all of those factors the same as when you did the work to figure out your original system deployment? Probably not.
It’s a good idea to step back and think about what’s changed about your business, and how those changes have impacted your workforce management and human capital management practices. Kronos advisory services can help you with that thinking, and with recommendations to ensure you’re getting continuous value from your Kronos system.
Here’s a little more to encourage listening to that podcast:
“I think a lot about this relationship between cynicism and hope. And critical thinking without hope is cynicism. But hope without critical thinking is naïveté. And I try to live in this place between the two to try to build a life there because finding fault and feeling hopeless about improving our situation produces resignation of which cynicism is a symptom and against which it is the sort of futile self-protection mechanism. But on the other hand, believing blindly that everything will work out just fine also produces a kind of resignation because we have no motive to apply ourselves toward making things better. And I think in order to survive, both as individuals and as a civilization, but especially in order to thrive, we need to bridge critical thinking with hope.”
– Maria Popova, Brain Pickings