What Kind of Discussion Type Are You?

Copyrighted by Dollar Photo - 2015 - by ellagrin
Copyrighted by Dollar Photo – 2015 – by ellagrin

“Every person, every system, every product, every idea has faults. In the best-case scenario, an awareness of this fact can lead to a determined pursuit of perfection. But in many cases, focusing too strongly on the flaws of an idea or project stifles the open and positive approach that is essential for good working practices. The basic principle is to take an idea that is not yet fully developed and to continue developing it, instead of prematurely abandoning it.

People often reveal their character in their approach to discussions. Four basic types can be identified, according to how people react to suggestions:

  • The fault-finder: “The idea is good, but…”
  • The dictator: “No!”
  • The schoolteacher: “No, the idea isn’t good because…”
  • The Appreciate Inquiry thinker: “Yes, and we could also…””

The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking by MIkael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler

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