View from business: Remainers lack real ‘imagination’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 September 2017


If my business career has taught me one thing, it’s that planning is not what it’s cracked up to be.

We are taught from a young age at school that we have to follow a career path, make a plan, work towards it and not take our eye off the ball.

In business, the same message is taught. If you need to raise funds, the banks and investors want to see the business plan. But the problem with the plan, is that life just doesn’t go to plan. Focus on the narrow path you set out for yourself and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and missed opportunities.

I have spent a lot of time over the last two years trying to decide what separates Remainers from Leavers in the Brexit debate. Is it pessimists versus optimists; risk averse people versus risk-takers, or indeed some other character trait? I have come to the conclusion that what separates them is those who like a plan and those who prefer to remain flexible.

The fact is none of us have any idea what the future holds and with the best will in the world, anything could happen tomorrow whether we are in the EU or out of the EU. This is about an approach to life.

Remaining flexible means welcoming change and not fearing it. Entrepreneurs welcome it. Corporates generally don’t, they invest in the present and try to protect their investments.

It is actually becoming quite tedious listening to the remaining remainers who so want to protect their lifestyles and status and don’t have the imagination to conceive of a better world. More from Lance

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