13 May Jim Collins: Revisiting The Stockdale Paradox
A number of my students and readers have asked if there is a particularly pertinent idea from our research that might be helpful in the uncertainty of the moment, as we face so much that is out of our control. I think first of The Stockdale Paradox, which has given me much solace and guidance over the years.
Stockdale Paradox: You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time, have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
I’ve recorded a video from my home library to share the story of the Stockdale Paradox, and to remind people of this powerful approach to reframing that I learned from Admiral Stockdale. You can find the video on our YouTube channel by searching for “Stockdale Paradox” or by clicking this direct link.
Still looking forward, always forward.