The ability to examine biases is the key to opening up new solution spaces.
All too often, we may jump to old so-called truths and conclusions that provide a false sense of comfort. Openness and being able to challenge our own long-held principles will help with opening up paths and new solutions.
Can you distinguish between a fact and an opinion? All too often, we fall into the trap of taking even our own opinions as facts …
Let’s remind ourselves:
A fact is a statement that can be proven true or false. It’s black or white, yes or no. It’s something that either happened or did not happen. That’s a fact.
An opinion is an expression of a person’s feelings. It’s how we think about a fact. It always holds an element of belief, it’s subjective.
When we see new ideas, when we encounter new situations, new challenges, new behaviours, it’s all too easy to judge and jump to conclusions. We may focus on the trivial, and ignore information that doesn’t support our view of the world.
However, when we take our ‘glasses’ off and open our minds, we may see a lot clearer, and can change our perspective completely.
When we are closed to ideas, what we hear is criticism. When we are open to criticism, what we hear is advice. /Simon Sinek/
Not many people are willing to suspend their views and beliefs to fully hear the views of those with which they disagree.
Everything we do, feel or want is influenced by our own thinking. But once we’re able to challenge our very own thinking, that’s when we’ll be able to make better choices and set ourselves up for growth and improvement.
Encouraging critical thinking and radical openness is key to building a well-functioning, thriving human business.