Sunday, May 15, 2011

When Ego is the Obstacle

"Vertex form of the quadratic equation is even more useful in some applications yet it describes precisely the same relationships. How can this be?"

"A heated discussion about the efficacy of one approach vs. the other implies a number of things. The participants for whatever reason are passionate about the subject. The value of delineation of two paths that share a point of conceptual intersection."

One could reasonably ask whether 'heated' was really necessary for successful communications to occur.  A deeper and perhaps more valuable question, is there a more effective method of reaching mutually beneficial insight?

From a strategic communications perspective, there clearly is. When shared motivation and appropriate conversation context is provided, less heat is needed for valuable knowledge to be shared.

Though we would be wise to revere the pioneer's path to a useful destination we are likely to learn many paths to the same place. And certain of those paths favor some to the exclusion others.

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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