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Chasm Thinking

Chasm Thinking

Whenever someone begins a sentence with, “There are only two kinds of people in the world,” I try to gracefully depart. Or maybe not so gracefully. This is an example of what I call “chasm thinking.” There’s an unbridgeable chasm that require us to be on one side or the other.

That, of course, is a chimera. We are all more alike than we are different (I’ve been to over 60 countries and to 49 states). But it’s a lazy intellect that decides it’s “us against them.” Mediators and facilitators find the commonalities and build the bridges. Arrogance and condescension try to enlarge the chasm.

If we truly wanted to get along, we’d find ways to do so. The problem is that a lot of people make their money and get their kicks out of not getting along.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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