It is wisdom to be thorough when using it
Always a pleasure to meet you. When I went to high school, they taught me how to write a composition. There were multiple ways to compose a paper and one of them was discussion. Here is an example of a discussion.
Money opens the doors to our heart. Pretty cool topic. And they would ask you to discuss this claim. You high-schoolers, you may test yourself with this subject by the way. I’d be glad to grade it and make suggestions if you sent it to me.
When writing on a discussion topic, we had to think in terms of defending a thesis, challenging our own thinking or finding objections to our ideas, which is the antithesis, and summarizing the paper after having addressed the possible objections we raised in the antithesis. That summary would be called the synthesis. Pretty cool, right? The day I learned this train of thought, no one could try me at home anymore.
I would always ask them what was their antithesis and synthesis, since their claim presumably was their thesis. You should’ve seen me; I was a little philosopher, the next Epicurus. This thinking style continued with me until I took advanced writing classes in college where I discovered someone who had challenged this way of thinking in terms of either or. I can’t remember the name, but it was a female thinker.
That’s what the thesis-antithesis-and-synthesis is all about. It is either this one or that one. I suppose many people still see things through those two lenses. But to solve a problem, we need to see the issue we are dealing with from multiple angles.
For those of you who have been following this discussion, we have been talking about how to identify what usually drives people’s self-confidence down. And we have been addressing the root causes of self-doubt as a problem. So far, we have seen two different strategies that we can use to solve a problem. Last time we said that we must not rely on our assumptions to draw conclusions. For instance, if you are experiencing a low sales volume in your department, you cannot just say that the reason or the cause is the new manager they brought in. You may be right, but I doubt that you have any solid evidence supporting that. That was our strategy in the last video. Let’s see our third strategy to identify the root causes of a problem now.
Strategy #3: look at the problem from multiple angles
There are more than only two sides in everything. Everything doesn’t have to be either or. When trying to identify the root causes of a problem, you must look at it from multiple angles. If the sales are low in your department, maybe it is because of the new manager, maybe it is not. Maybe it is because of the product they took off the shelf, maybe not. Maybe it is because of salespeople burnout, maybe not. Or maybe it is because of the new regulations in the industry, or maybe not. Broadening your scope of thinking will increase your chances of finding the right cause. Next time, we are going to see the fourth and last strategy in our list. I repeat the last in our list. There are certainly many more strategies you can find. But we are just going to use four strategies in this series.
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