The 14th Dalai Lama wisely states “It seems that often when problems arise, our outlook becomes narrow.” This is exactly why we should be seeking viewpoints other than our own when encountering a challenging legal nurse consulting problem.
We naturally navigate toward people who agree with us. But the person who disagrees will force you to think at a higher level. Consensus almost always leads to weakened decisions. Some of our best ideas are spawned from discussing an opposing viewpoint. Surround yourself with people, such as CLNC® Mentors, who challenge you. And reward their outspokenness by listening, even when you decide not to heed their advice. These other voices might be hard to hear when their suggestions lead to more work or more expense, but it’s worth it.
While I don’t need to take a majority vote on every issue, I’ve learned that I care more about being successful than being right. That requires listening, collaborating and even seeking opposing viewpoints.
When we shortchange collaboration and the dissenting viewpoints that come with it, we’re missing an important piece of the performance process. Diverse opinions spark new thoughts and atypical directions, and one plus one suddenly equals a lot more than two for your legal nurse consulting business. You arrive at a place no individual would have reached alone, and your legal nurse consultant job rockets to a new level. Even when I disagree with a collaborator’s viewpoint, I try to extract something of value from it.
Actively seek out individuals with opposing viewpoints. Do you typically hang with your best friends who never disagree with you on how you handled a situation with an attorney? Do you only hang with Certified Legal Nurse Consultants? I recommend doing the opposite – get with people who have the potential to challenge you. You’ll tackle the next legal nursing problem with a more expanded outlook.
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P.S. Comment and share how you seek other viewpoints when dealing with a difficult legal nurse consulting problem.