|For Want of a Nail
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
So one may ask, what inferences can we make from this short poem? There are many. At the heart of this poem is a desire we hold so strongly that we would follow it to our eventual demise. We should always ask ourselves just how achieving our desire will impact us today, tomorrow, and beyond. This, of course, is never easy. In the heat of the moment, we generally want what we want yesterday and we give little forethought to what getting what we want will mean tomorrow.
There are information management implications: maybe if we had the right information, we could make a better decision regarding this desire.
There are knowledge management implications: having gathered the right information, what will achieving this desire mean for us tomorrow?
There are learning management implications: this desire is not an isolated event, so what can we learn from the factors contributing to this desire?
This lesson to be learned here could be applied at the individual or organizational levels. It could be applied across organizations, between industries, within local communities, across nations, and any other system or network of human beings.
Be leery of blind desires.