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Minority Opinions

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Any discussion of the national government will eventually include the Supreme Court. Routinely, the interest in the court for many revolves around new appointees. I am more intrigued by two documents that are written about the decisions made by the court. These documents are referred to as the Majority Opinion and the Minority Opinion.

In the field of professional development, there are also majority opinions and minority opinions. Personally, I routinely hold the minority opinion. Listed below are the majority opinion followed by my minority opinion.

  • Work-Life-Balance  ̶  Whereas most believe in the work-life-balance concept, I hold the opinion that it is nonsense. This concept implies that while we are working we are not living. We can appreciate “Work-Leisure” and “Work-Family,” but Work-Life-Balance does not make sense. Work is an important part of your life. Be a good steward of that time.
  • Practice makes perfect.  ̶  It does not; practice makes for better. Discard the obsession with perfection; you will be more effective in all things. Personally, my speaking improved once I ceased trying to be perfect. Pressure was released; effectiveness was increased.
  • The customer is always right.  ̶  That is not true. On occasion, the customer, the client, or citizen is partially or totally incorrect. Your response, when appropriate,  is to service the journey of the team member.
  • K-I-S-S, in the opinion of many, means “Keep It Simple Stupid.” People do not grow when we tell them how stupid they are. People grow when we remind them how smart they are. K-I-S-S. Means “Keep It Simple Smarty.”
  • Significance is on the back end. – This is not true. Significance is on the front end. You are already significant. You will never be more significant than you are now. You cannot earn significance. Significance is not the reward for the activity, it is the reason for the activity. Earn places emphasis on what you do for yourself.  “Yearn” places emphasis on the differences that you make for others.

It is what you do not think about that can cost you the result that you want. Think on these ideas!

ABOUT STEPHEN GOWER
Stephen is the best-selling author of 25 books, including What Do They See When They See You Coming? He has also written countless articles for a variety of publications and has produced multiple audio books and video programs. He has appeared on PBS Television and XM Sirius Satellite Radio. He continues to hold one of the highest invite-back ratios in the speaking profession.