Address the "No, But" Syndrome for Productive Discussions

"When contributing to a discussion, if participants make a effort to let go of their natural historical perspective on an issue, and receive the other persons statements without resistance, then the resultant productivity of that discussion shoots up by an order of magnitude. So, if you observe yourself uttering 'No, But ...' when in discussions, then you can make conscious efforts to make that positive change."
- Ajay Phatak, CEO, Jopasana Software

My take:
This simple process of self-aware listening is difficult to practice (I was not even aware of it before I heard this), but I can feel that if I can achieve that state, it would take away all the pain that the internal resistance causes. Thank you sir !


Make Pardonable Mistakes. Now go figure.

"Make deliberate mistakes, you've learned to minimize the number of mistakes you make as you rise up the ranks, so also you minimize the challenges to your assumptions, and thereby reducing your learning."
- Harvard Business Review senior editor Gardiner Morse.
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My Take:
1. One tends to avoid mistakes because they can be costly, a particularly severe one and you could be out of the game.
2. Advising to make more mistakes translates into advising to depend more on luck.
3. There has to be a better way to learning more :) Like making only 'pardonable' mistakes. Now go figure.