18 Feb The tyranny of ‘or’
By Dan Hammond, Chief Disruption Officer, LIW
John McDonnell, the UK’s shadow chancellor, was criticised this week for calling Winston Churchill a ‘villain’. He actually had few options: the interviewer forced him into a choice between this and ‘hero’.
It’s one of the curses of our age. As James O’Brien of LBC said, we’ve ‘lost the ability to have a public conversation about anything remotely nuanced’. He calls it ‘the footballification of everything.’
Churchill was villainous when he starved Bengalis and suppressed strikes AND he was without doubt heroic as the leader that Britain needed during WWII to defeat Nazism.
What does this mean for leadership?
Things are rarely black and white so don’t be drawn into – or draw others into – the tryranny of ‘or’.
Bring the glorious ambiguity into the light by looking for the ‘and’.