Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/13/2022
“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Thus states Issac Newton’s Third Law, first revealed at the end of the 17th Century. If there were a Nobel Prize back then, he’d have it.
The application of this reality doesn’t only occur in physics today, but also in society.
For over a decade, “positive psychology” has posited that positive self-talk can lead to far better beliefs and attitudes and subsequent behaviors. This has been most popularized by Dr. Martin Seligman at Wharton in his book, Learned Optimism. (He appeared at one of my Million Dollar Consulting® Conventions.) But, more recently, “authorities” and experts have written that this is not as effective as it would seem and can lead to poorer behavior. Among the dissenters are psychologists like Lazarus and Wong.
Similarly, having a passion or a “calling” for one’s work would seem to be the proper mission for applying all of one’s talents and gaining fulfillment. Brené Brown, Pablo Coelho, Viktor Frankl, Randy Pausch and scores of others have written books about this pursuit over the years. But now people such as Carol Dweck are writing that this might not be such a great idea because it can lead to frustration.
I’ve found that the bolder you are, the more of a front-runner you manage to be, the higher you can climb…….the more people are taking shots at you! People critique me all the time, actually stating that value-based fees can’t be applied in all professional services or that people who need approval from above can still be buyers!
To me, these are indications of success because, sooner or later, someone wants to gain their own moment in the limelight by appearing to be disagreeing with those who have made incredible discoveries, or found new approaches, or have created better solutions.
A strong brand will always encounter resistance, but the former is an irresistible force and the latter is not an immovable object.
I enjoy being questioned and critiqued because it helps me to strengthen what I do and examine my own beliefs. You’ll never hear me try to counter Lencioni by saying there are really seven dysfunctions of a team, not five. But as a good contrarian, I will tell you that most organizations don’t have teams at all but have committees, and you can’t “team build” a committee!
Are you creating your own routes or trying to merely criticize the routes that others have created?
I like criticism. It makes you strong. —LeBron James
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. —Elbert Hubbard
Criticism is prejudice made plausible. —H. L. Mencken