Are you getting judgemental at work?
Sometimes, all it takes is just a single statement before we form a judgement about someone – things like where he is coming from, where he’s headed and what he is doing in-between all the coming and going. Of course this can be good or bad depending on whether you are the judge or the judged, and your risk assessment of what a more detailed evaluation could throw up.
Here’s a simple exercise.
Try to identify from the brief interaction below, who is the consultant, the motivational coach, the business owner, his wife, his son, the ageing uncle who handles accounts, another uncle who has invested money in the business, and the head of sales.
Lala: So, what should we do now?
Dada: Whatever we plan to do now, we should have done a couple of years back. The situation out there in the market is bleak, to say the least.
Bibi: I would say, you should first reduce the amount of oil you use in the company canteen!
Rob: We need to examine all the facts before us from various lenses and have a couple of meetings before we can even decide whether this is the right question to ask
Sirji: Fundamental innovation, discontinuous change is what I recommend!
Mama: Just think about the practical implications of everything you wish to do. It is so much easier to undo the past, than build a better future.
Gulu: Dad, we need to be launching kewl and international stuff! How long are we going to be local?
Kaka: Until we set our house in order, please understand all that we discuss here are just academic
If you are extremely confident about your answers, it might just mean that you are getting quite judgemental.
If you are quite unsure and feel that you can’t make these kind of judgements based on such scanty information, you are possibly very open-minded and as yet unsullied by degerative corporate illnesses like cynicism.