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Skeptics Vs Cynics: Problem-Solving With A Bias Towards Resolution

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The author writes about the valuable role that skeptics play in a creative team. Those poo-poo'ers that love to find fault with new ideas are sometimes annoying but always helpful - and essential to making ideas happen. Without them, we can get intoxicated on idea generation and fail to focus, refine our ideas, and follow through enough to succeed. So skeptics are good. However, skeptical does not mean cynical. In a creative environment that moves a mile a minute, everyone should act with a bias towards resolution. This means discussing the problem with the intention of solving it rather than embellishing it. As a leader of a creative team, you should expect possible solutions from everyone, even those that are pessimistic.

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