Did You Argue To Win or To Be Right?

Trigger Question #2

“Hey! I’m trying to make a point here.”

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We can define management as the attempt to herd scarce resources towards achieving a stated goal or outcome. But that sounds too straightforward, as if the path is clear.

Better to view management as always about making effective choices. Which at least reminds us that there are always viable alternatives to choose from.

But because a manager manages people, the management of alternatives becomes rather tricky. Other people unsportingly have options they prefer over yours.

Which then begs the question. How do you go about making your choice (which becomes your effective decision)?

Do you engage with others to herd them away from their preferred position, closer to yours? Or do you engage with them to uncover any critical issues you may have missed?

Next time, keep this in mind: When you focus on your points, you might win the argument but gain little. When you focus on their points, you might lose, but you will be so much wiser.

And the Wise are the ones who make effective decisions.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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