Monday, May 11, 2009

i-TFTD #203

i-TFTD #203

#203-1. When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.

-Richard Dawkins

#203-2. If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

-Thomas J. Watson

#203-3. Remember where you were when you began. It increases your compassion for people just beginning.



Compromise is a valid option but taken too often as an easy way out. Like the classic example of misuse of arithmetic mean: My head is in the freezer, my feet on a hot plate, so on average I am in a comfortable temperature!

The first and second are related. Expressing a view could show us to be wrong but we should be prepared for the better view to surface. Many avoid taking a stand, even on simple issues, using tactics such as, "If this, then that" kind of multiple answers or, "It depends on so many variables" and "I am OK with all alternatives." At best it makes life boring, at worst it propagates dilution of character in ourselves and our teams.

The last is a pet topic, especially in the context of those who deride the inexperience and immaturity of younger folks. I like the word "freshers" since it highlights their new perspectives, bringing enthusiastic energy unburdened by the knowledge of too many "things that will not work".

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