Wrong Way Roundabout…

Is right really right, or is left better?

Ok here is a question for you, which way is the right way?  What you need ponder this don’t you; alright I will throw you a bone here as while we will wax about roundabouts here the real story is it’s just an axiom for many things in life.  So how did this all start out you ask, while a group of colleagues and I were riding back to the hotel from a meeting in downtown Houston we entered a North American round-about.  To top this off the vehicle was being piloted by a Brit and doing rather bloody well I might add since he was driving on the “correct” side of the road instead of the “right” if you know what I mean.

However as he hits the roundabout which brought forward jeers from the Americans in the car as to the obtuse nature of the recent arrival of the European’s answer to the four ways stop.  Yet we verbally belittle the perceived poor decision of some nameless Houstonian traffic planner, the Brit chime’s in with his two pence exclaiming “this is the wrong way“.

Wait a minute, there is a right and wrong way to drive in a circle?  As he (one from the land of roundabouts) even complained of the difficulty in navigating in a counter clock wise rotation through the Roundy which led me to ponder the question “is there a right way”?  As again he argued the right way is “always clock wise” and he might have a point as the majority of the universe rhetorically speaking any way moves clockwise or does it?  As in fact most of the planets in our solar system do rotate in a counter clockwise direction as seen from the north ecliptic pole – except for Venus (clockwise), Uranus (rotates on its side) and Pluto (which points slightly down).  As the key here is to understand perspective as ones point of view can even shape what the universe looks like as do you remember back when we all thought the world was still flat?

Yet back to the issue at hand being mid flight in plying the roundabout whose arrival to these shores  is as welcome  second only to the appearance of the Zebra Mussel as my feelings about  this are akin to being a “righty” forced to act as a “lefty” thus my intrinsic efficiency at task is reduced therefore are these really good ideas [think safety]?  I’m thinking not, as it’s likened to making a constant left while turning right, and that can’t be right, right?

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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