The Power of “Both/and” Thinking
The “either/or” mentality. Are parents to blame?
This is safe, that is dangerous.
Eat this, don’t eat that.
This is right, that is wrong.
Or was it a certain style of education?
Two plus two equals four.
The Dominion of Canada began on July 1, 1867.
Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.
This is correct, that is incorrect.
Either/or thinking is effective at certain stages of life,
like protecting toddlers from touching a hot stove
or helping young students develop basic math skills.
Sometimes it’s also necessary during the development
and enforcement of processes, formulas and policies.
However, what happens when this mentality is no longer
enough? Or even worse, if it starts to sabotage a leader’s ability
By Tim Arnold
Leaders are realizing that they
don’t have to decide on one or
the other, they can go up the
middle and have both
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