Several weeks ago, I traveled to a meeting in Denver, Colorado. My inbound flight was on time and uneventful. My return flight was a different story. The flight was scheduled to leave Denver at 2:30 p.m. The first delay was announced at 1:00 p.m. and indicated the flight would be delayed until 3:30 p.m. due to weather conditions. I was quite surprised because, from my viewpoint, there was nothing but blue skies. Several additional delays were announced, and finally, at 7:00 p.m., it looked like we were going to depart. Just as everyone lined up to board the plane, the airline realized the pilots were out of hours. We were in luck, as the flight scheduled to leave Denver at 6:00 p.m. was delayed until midnight; the pilots from that flight were able to fly us home.
So, why am I relating this experience? I think there are several things applicable to what we are dealing with in everyday life. First, just as I had no control when the plane would leave Denver, there are many things happening that we cannot control. Second, although all I could see were blue skies, there were thunderstorms in the path the plane would take to return to Salt Lake. Often, we don’t see the entire reason why decisions are made. Finally, if we are patient, there’s a good chance things will work out.
To some degree, we are all on an airplane – up in the air and not sure of where or when we are going or when we will make it home. There seems to be a lot of ambiguity in the world if we think about it. What’s fully vaccinated, maybe a booster? Back to the office, maybe not yet or ever? Virus variants – what will be the next one? When will secondary water be turned off, August 1st? Nope, September 10th! In a recent article, Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry, also said, “When ambiguity is imposed upon us, agility is our response.” He combined the words ambiguity and agile and created a new word, ambigility.
Just like many of you, the city council faces ambiguity when making decisions, but we are trying to be agile as we make decisions that are best for the whole. I guess you could say we are trying to be ambigilital and see things beyond the blue sky. One such decision I would like to update you on is the Public Safety Building. We recently had site visits by contractors who were invited to bid on the project. The city is under contract to purchase the land needed for the project just east of the city offices, and we anticipate construction will begin in the spring. Although we don’t have an exact cost of the project, our commitment is to be conservative in our approach. We will also be agile!
We will be updating you on other activities in the city going forward, such as proposed annexations, etc. In the meantime, have a nice flight and remember there’s a good chance things will work out!