In Western culture, we usually represent wisdom through symbols such as an owl, a tree with a large crown and deep roots, an old man with a long grey beard, and there are also wizards, saints and various deities (Athena, Minerva).
In West Africa, wisdom is symbolized by the NYANSAPO – a knot of wisdom that can only be untied by sages.
A wise person is described as one who has the ability to choose the best ways to achieve a goal.
Wisdom implies broad knowledge and experience and the application of these abilities for practical purposes.
Notice the two aspects of wisdom:
• the resting aspect of wisdom – observation, cognition, reflection, learning…
• the active aspect of wisdom – choosing the best options and acting.
Wisdom often unites opposites (polarities) and so it itself unites the passive and active aspects.
Therefore, it is wise to observe, learn, think… and then based on the selection of the best options – act. In Western culture, it is generally not acceptable to stand still when it comes to business. Which mostly diminishes the wisdom of options chosen without first resting.
I’m not surprised if you view wisdom in business with scepticism, doubt, or suspicion.
However, wisdom brings numerous and tangible benefits to the business.