Don’t Fall Into the “Right/Wrong” Rut

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The Right/Wrong Rut

What does it really mean when we say something is “right” or “wrong?” It’s usually a quick and lazy way to assess some particular idea or solution for the scenario in front of us. Using “right/wrong” can also create confusion when situations change. So, how do you steer clear of the “right/wrong” rut?

If you were to take even 15 seconds to describe what is “right” or “wrong” about some idea, you’d add so much to the conversation. You’d be contributing more than a judgement, instead sharing how you are looking at things and providing more clarity on what parts are important, how you see specific pieces working, or where a path is likely to go.

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That’s way more useful, since what’s “wrong” today may be “right” tomorrow, and providing that context equips others with how you are thinking about this situation. Without that, we’re just assigning labels, doing all the thinking, and not helping others grow their ability to dissect a situation, get clear on what’s important, which parts have specific requirements, where we have wiggle room, etc.

Break out of the “right/wrong” rut, and share more of what you’re thinking — for your teammates and for yourself!