Common Outlook Consulting Inc. New Perspectives
April 2016 - Issue # 16-04
Founder's Message

When was the last time you did or said something that in hindsight, seemed somewhat irrational? If it was within the last 24-48 hours, then welcome to the club, for isn't it true that all of us, on a regular basis, do and say seemingly illogical or irrational things?

The first question that comes to mind is 'why'? But perhaps the more important question has to be 'Why, in this day and age, do we still give such weight to being rational', when taking actions based on more than just rational assessments (i.e. incorporating how you feel about something into your decision-making process) is probably a more robust way of making decisions.

In the work we do at Common Outlook Consulting - seeking to help people work well together in just about any setting imaginable - we're careful not to put too much stock in the rational basket. We are careful about making decisions and carrying out actions based solely on data, statistics, and logic without any input from the body, emotions, and even the soul. For optimal outcomes, we believe the whole being needs to be in concert with itself. And, if some people would prefer to call that 'whole being thinking' illogical, we'll accept the designation with grace.

We hope you enjoy this month's article ; we believe it will create more understanding of (and compassion for) yourself and others.  Furthermore, we believe you will have greater confidence - whether at or outside the workplace - in knowing that your whole-being response is probably the response that makes the most 'sense' (ironically), and most likely the one that will produce the best outcome.


"The whole is other than the sum of the parts.
~ Kurt Koffka


Computers are logical. People are not, nor are they supposed to be.


Coming Up  
Next month, we'll explore 'Rationale'. What is it based on?



The ancient Greeks lauded the idea of rational thinking (logos), and deemed thoughts and behaviours based on emotions as irrational and sources of false assumptions and statements.

Oh, if only thinking and emotion and behaviour could be so neatly tri-sected. If only the heart and body didn't converse with the brain, and the brain with the different parts of itself. Of course, nowadays, we know a great deal more about those body/mind partnerships than did the ancient Greeks, and yet... that old idea of what is rational and irrational still holds a high place in our ethos.

Perhaps it's time to redefine irrationality. Ron Ashkenas, a business consultant and well-known business author puts it this way: irrational thoughts and behaviour may be a result of adding our own meaning to a situation that may or may not be real.(1)
Have a look at the following psychological test and see if you agree.  

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Peter Hiddema


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