The cairological leader

Giuseppe Ando
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The cairological leader

A leader must know how to seize the right moment and, according to some, to do this he must abandon his rationality and free his intuition. We will not be bored by the authentic meaning of the word "intuition" which is much more complex and articulated than its indiscriminate use indicates.

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What exactly is a cairological leader?

We will focus on the concept of "opportune time" to show that it is anything but a happy stroke of luck or some kind of inspired enlightenment. But let's go in order. The most widespread idea of ​​time is that of a dimension that flows uniformly and "swallows" future events, having already swallowed up past ones, suspended in the present. It is, so to speak, a linear dimension of infinite points all in the "present", each of which no longer has past events in itself and is a prelude to the possibility of future events, even if they do not know them and cannot demonstrate their inevitability.

It is the time of clocks, that of our agenda, of the TV guide, of holiday photographs, of train timetables, in short, of all the material extensions of our interior dimension, which mark and define "our" time. For the Greeks this temporal dimension was called Kronos. A nice titan, who, for fear of being eliminated by his father Uranus (who had the affectionate habit of killing his children), thought it best to castrate him, getting rid of the inconvenience. Later, Kronos, due to an oracle that predicted that he would be (also) ousted by one of his sons, took the poor dietary habit of eating them. One of the sons (Zeus) was saved, but that's another story. Therefore, Kronos (time) devours things and is the mythological expression of time that we have described so far. But our main theme was what was meant by "opportune time". And here we go, again, to ask for help from Greek mythology.

In addition to Kronos, there was another deity of the time: Kairos. Kairos represented the "opportune moment". That is, a temporal dimension which, due to its contemporaneous favorable circumstances, was the right one, indeed the only one possible, to complete a specific activity. The difference with Kronos is that Kairos does not flow linearly and in one direction, on the contrary, it symbolizes the passing of "parallel" time of events, which, when favorably synchronized, create the opportunity. The subject must identify it thanks to his ability to (rationally) grasp the perfect alignment of all the elements. Their respective depictions also emphasized the different characteristics of Kronos and Kairos.

Kronos is portrayed as a terrifying titan with immense power devouring his own children (the future is continually engulfed in the past). Kairos, on the other hand, is a boy with wings on his feet who holds a razor in his hand, with which he shaved his head, except for a tuft in front, above his forehead. To catch Kairos you must have quick reflexes and a sharp mind to be ready to catch his forelock as he comes, fast as the wind.

Once past there is no way to reach it. EC White, who published a book called "Kaironomia", describes it as "a long tunnel opening through which the archer's arrow must pass", or "the crack that momentarily opens in the in order to cultivate one's ability to grasp "the chairotic moment" it is necessary to sharpen one's rational and logical skills, enriching them with information to be processed with ever greater speed. It is not a simple skill to achieve, but, for the leaders who develop it, it opens up a world of opportunities that they could not and did not know how to see and grasp. Don't just manage Kronos, cultivate your skills to intercept Kairos.

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As Executive Coach Giuseppe is a collaborative partner at Board and Senior Management level, able to inspire leaders and their teams to identify the appropriate tools and knowledge to be productive and effective. Giuseppe is solution-focused and results-oriented, his coaching is focused on improving business performance and operational effectiveness and enhancing top management performance.

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