I have thinking preferences. So do you. This easily translates to me versus you, or my perspective over yours’ approach.

This is helpful when the goal is to prove who is right.

When the goal is to find the best solution, it’s a hurdle.

Either or thinking is less useful when we are creating, exploring and innovating. Both and forces our thinking to evolve. We are confronted with the strategic and the relational, the realistic and the structural.

Sure, some of these elements don’t come naturally to me. I may choose to ignore it and compromise the quality of the solution I design. I could also learn to accommodate and appreciate those who have different preferences and approaches.

Once we discover the value of difference, the challenge is to learn to manage it in a healthy, contributive way.

Sure, it’s challenging. It’s also paradigm-shifting.

Markus Spiske

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