Wednesday, April 28, 2021

“Additive solutions have sort of a privileged status–they tend to come to mind quickly and easily. Subtractive solutions are not necessarily harder to consider, but they take more effort to find.”
– Benjamin Converse –

One of the standard questions I like to ask teams during strategy sessions is what they’re NOT going to do or what they’re going to STOP doing so they might achieve their goals. All too often, though, that question is greeted with blank stares because the human mind loves to pile more on top of more. This is known as subtraction bias and it’s killing your best efforts in the cradle. To learn more, including how to combat subtraction bias, Click here for the article New Study: You Probably Completely Ignore This Brilliant Problem-Solving Strategy. Then get busy erasing.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be strong. Lead well.