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Discuss Ideas, Not People
The action that make great leaders
In our daily lives, we often find ourselves engrossed in conversations about other people. It's a common tendency, and perhaps an easy one. Unintentionally, I have fallen prey to it several times. If you observe yourself, you may find that you do too. However, have you ever paused to consider the outcome of such discussions? I can make it easy for you - nothing!
However, if we focused on actually discussing ideas, you will realize that they have an incredible ability to bring people together. I try and make a conscious effort to steer discussions towards ideas. I have observed that they serve as the catalyst for innovation which is the driving force behind progress. When we engage in conversations that revolve around ideas, we switch gears to problem solving and leave no space in there to discuss about people.
By discussing ideas, we shift our focus from the shortcomings of individuals towards a more productive and positive direction. Instead of dwelling on faults, we learn to appreciate and celebrate achievements. We become catalysts for change and supporters of one another's aspirations.
When you hear yourself discussing people, take a step back think:
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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