Are you a Scientist or and Engineer? Things to think about.

There are three lines from recent reading and research I’m doing that keep haunting me and have made me explore my frame of thinking and consulting.

  • How do I approach team building; as a scientist? as a engineer?
  • In what ways might I serve to create a bridge for teams and managers to understand their view and use that to achieve results?
  • When working one on one coaching a manager through successes, challenges and workable goals, how would I illustrate humbleness while being arrogant to have the conviction to develop the needed knowledge?
  • How might I work with a team and people to be ‘humbly arrogant’?
  • What the hell does Wittgenstein mean “if the answer cannot be expressed the question cannot exist”?
  • How does the gap in the question –> interpretation –> answer ; change based upon whom I am talking to and their level of complexity?
  • With current teams and people I am working with and serving, how can I use this stuff to improve their work-lives?

This and many other questions swirl in my head constantly.

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…humbly arrogant. Humble to have the conviction that you don’t know; arrogant to have the conviction that you can develop the knowledge.

– Eli Goldratt ‘The Choice’


The scientist sees themselves as a tiny spot of intelligence surrounded by a vast see of ignorance. The engineer sees themselves as a tiny spot of ignorance surrounded by a vast see of knowledge.

– Thomas F. Gilbert ‘Human Competence’


For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed.
The riddle does exist.
If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosphicus’


What do you think?

Of the 3 quotes above, what stands out to make you question what you think you know? What quotes and lines have you came across lately that have shifted and impacted your thinking?

Team Building Leadership Innovation expert Michael Cardus

michael cardus is create-learning

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