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Complexity, subjectivity, nuance

Posted on: August 13, 2018

Whether it is at a talk or a workshop, there will always be participants who seek to pack as much as they can in as little time as possible so that they apply it as quickly as possible.

There is nothing wrong with that unless they miss the point of the session. I am not talking about the content, but about nuance.

Life is not black and white; there is some grey nuance to it. -- Pilou Asbaek

You can ask the same question to ten different experts in a field and you are likely to get ten different answers. This will make the people I described above impatient and unhappy because they want bite-sized concepts.

Nuance recognises that there are different aspects of the same thing. This is rooted in the complexity of an idea or practice.

Nuance is also about different perspectives of the same thing. This acknowledges the subjectivity of a concept or behaviour when applied in different contexts.

Substituting nuance for novelty is what experts do, and that is why they are never bored. -- Angela Duckworth

It is important to simplify or conceptualise because that is how our brains operate. But it is equally important to not be simplistic.

There is another saying — the devil is in the details. Solving a problem or implementing change is not easy. The difficulty, complexity, and subjectivity of such processes should be embraced instead of feared. It is nuance that makes the journey worthwhile.

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