A pragmatist makes decisions by asking ‘will it work?’, and having identified a problem with promptness, will weigh up the pros and cons, and act decisively.

An idea of the desired end state – the vision, the goal, the bigger picture – is important too, for decision-making – that is, ‘will it work… to achieve what exactly?’

“I was never a prisoner of any theory.

What guided me were reason and reality.

The acid test I applied to every theory or scheme was, would it work?”

Source: Lee Kuan Yew

What exactly does it mean to be a pragmatist? In which situations is it preferable to be a pragmatist, and when not? What are the skills sets and ways of thinking and framework needed to be a pragmatist, and how does this differ from other ways of making decisions? All these for further reading and reflection…