Hiring Wisdom: In Our Expert-Driven World, You Need to Beware Bad Advice

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Jun 22, 2015

There is no shortage of advice in our lives; it runs rampant.

It comes to us via every form of media and is packaged by countless experts, pundits, and politicians (to name only a few).

No doubt it’s all well-meaning, but I encourage you to stop and think for a moment before you buy into anyone else’s suggested solutions.

Just because it’s in print or on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. The question to ask yourself is: “Does this really make sense?”

“Don’t bring me a problem …”

A while back, it suddenly became popular for managers to tell their people, “Don’t bring me a problem without the solution.” Sounds like that might empower employees, doesn’t it? It also sounds like a good way to silence chronic complainers.

No wonder it caught on so fast.

But, let’s think about it. What it really says is, “Of all the problems you’re aware of, I only want to know about the ones you can fix.”

And, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Don’t believe – unless it agrees with your common sense

So, stop for a moment and think before you grab onto the next thing you read that rings true.

Like Lord Buddha said:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

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