Repetition and 2-minute rule — October 22, 2017

Repetition and 2-minute rule

“Thoughtful disagreement” means listening to and understanding others’ perspectives, in common pursuit of finding the truth, or of making the best decision.

Rarely do we establish an environment, with “rules of the game”, that protects and encourages thoughtful disagreement simply because we rarely have encountered it ourselves.

Two rules of the game could be:

  • Repetition: if you are making a point that opposes the one before yours, then you must first repeat the point to the satisfaction of the person who made it, to prove you understand it.
  • Two-minute rule: each person making a point is granted at least two minutes of no interruption for him or her to fully make out their point.

What other rules can we enforce to encourage age thoughtful disagreement?

The pace — October 21, 2017
Variations on basmati rice — October 20, 2017
Enthusiasm, persistence, self-assurance — October 19, 2017

Enthusiasm, persistence, self-assurance

This style of writing is a pleasure to read. The phrasing is clean and clear. Flow and rhythm makes it easy to read.

“To succeed, you need the qualities that are essential in any worthwhile endeavour: desire amounting to enthusiasm, persistence to wear away mountains, and the self-assurance to believe you will succeed.”

Source: Dale Carnegie, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

“Struggling well” — October 18, 2017

“Struggling well”

Imagine your greatest goal…

…and then imagine having achieved it instanteously: itĀ seems less satisfying this way.

Satisfaction and meaning, when chasing a goal, seem to arise largely from the journey than the destination.

We want to “struggle well” toward our goals.

These themes – journey versus destination, “struggling well” – require some more reading and reflection.

Consistent with our nature — October 17, 2017
Productive conflict — October 16, 2017

Productive conflict

For some serious reading and reflection is… how do you create an environment that encourages productive conflict?

“You get the best ideas if your environment thrives on debate. If your goal is to minimise conflict, you will not get a good result, bcause it will take out the creative tension that happens between people who actually make one plus one more than two.

And so in order for it to be productive, you have to make it not only acceptable, but desirable to debate things. Think about what you do in student rooms. Some of your best work comes out from debating each other. You want to bring some of that into the workplace.

For too long, work was viewed as hierarchical, and you never disagreed wtih the boss. We don’t do that here. Creative tension and conflict and debate are essential… it’s not just desirable but essential to coming out with the best product.

…you have to make sure that debaters don’t start talking personal insults. That’s not acceptable. But debating passionately your position on something, is not only acceptable, it’s required.”

Source: Tim Cook (CEO, Apple)