Knowledge and Stories

Knowledge is power or so goes the cliche. No one doubts that notion, but knowledge is hard to fence in. Having a reputation for being a smart person can buy you a lot of influence. But knowledge at some point is based on facts. It then takes on some opinion and occasionally a narrative.

The New Yorker ran a Malcolm Gladwell story called Pandora’s Briefcase which is an account of a WWII spy caper. Gladwell’s emphasis is on the real significance of the spy game. The deception is often so convoluted that it’s the truth, but with twisted mind games.

When you consider a path to making a decision, it’s important to take in the hard facts, the opinions of others, and whatever viewpoints you have. But you can’t over rate the latter two. And you certainly can’t fall in love with a story you’ve devised in your head. The one that explains the reason why everything is the way it is and the simple answers that set off a chain reaction of goodness. You certainly are a knowledgeable person, so knowledgeable that you let the facts tell the story.

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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