WATCH: Does Your Mindset Help You Explore The Truth?

Today, I’m going to talk about ‘The Paradox of  Opinions’. This is one of the twelve paradoxes developed by Dr. Dan Harrison



The Paradox of Opinions

So, ‘The Paradox of Opinions’ is made up of two traits and they’re paradoxically opposite or you could call opposing. And if you think about it. they’re both actually true.

And when they come together they form something synergistic. And the traits that we’re talking about here, are the traits of ‘Certain’, being certain and confident in one’s own opinions and being ‘Open and Reflective’. Open to the opinions of others. And if we look at them to start with, if you’re particularly strong in being certain. You’re confident in your own opinions, but you’re not particularly open and reflective. You can end up being seen by others as being quite ‘Dogmatic’.  So, inflexible in your thinking. However, if you’re a very strong and open and reflective and it’s not balanced by being certain and confident in your own opinions. It can be seen by others as being ‘Inconclusive’.

And this is particularly dangerous for managers who may not be clear about what their opinions are. Are confident in their opinions and then their people will be unsure about what’s expected of them. And they might not know what is exactly required. So, think about that for a moment. And, another interesting thing then is that if you have both open and reflective and that’s complemented by being certain and confident in your own opinions. You actually get the ‘Truth Exploring’ Trait. The trait of truth exploring, because you’re more interested in the truth than being right. And that’s a very valuable place to be especially nowadays were so many opinions are very polarised is to really Say, “What’s going on with the other person and yet I can believe in why I believe in what I believe in”. And be clear about that. And be able to articulate that, with confidence.

So, one of the things to be aware of with the paradoxes as well is. If you’re either here or here, you can actually flip into the opposite. If you’re inconclusive you can flip into being dogmatic. If you get stressed or if your strategy isn’t working, likewise, if you’re very dogmatic. If you’re not getting the results, you want you can suddenly just be totally open to going “What is going on here?” or it can actually drive that, if you’re here, you can have a sort of a niggle of vulnerability about looking inconclusive. So, you stick rigidly to your opinions. So, think about that and in your leadership. That’s Food for Thought Insights for busy Leaders and Managers in just 150 seconds. 


With best regards,

David Klaasen 

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