September 10, 2016

Opposing views


Some people are just difficult.

Some, contrarians, have opposing views on everything and counter every argument with hypotheticals and what ifs.

Some think it’s their natural place to be right, and every conflicting opinion is wilfully reckless.

Some always know better.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could cut them out? Progress would be so much less bruising that way. But, damn it, they’re right often enough that you have to pay attention.

Actually, isn’t it good that there’s someone on the team who won’t say, Yes, just for an easy life. Who sticks to their guns, who pokes and prods at our thinking, who challenges lazy assumptions and always wants to scratch a little deeper?

It’s the quiet ones you should be concerned about.

Agreement without debate is no help.

Skippy strategy: Don’t mistake arguments for wasted time.