Thursday, May 24, 2018

Being Objective is Easy to Say, Hard to achieve, Why?

Individually, being objective is a professional quality. Collectively, being objective is the journey to pursue trust, true understanding, fairness, and premium problem-solving.

Being objective is of or relating to something that can be known, or to something that is an object or a part of an object. Absolute objectivity is perhaps impossible to achieve because perception is always subjective. Being objective means you are not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; but make judgment or decisions based on unbiased fact, dispassionate examination, and deep observation. 

Many people intend to be objective, but being objective is easy to say, hard to achieve. Knowledge imitation, lack of insight, presumptions, all sorts of bias, small thinking, narrow-mindedness, stereotyping, etc, are all causes of lacking objectivity.

Lack of insight or superficiality leads the way: The most important capability of cognitive mind is the willingness and ability to seek out relevant knowledge, gain in-depth understanding, and address our ignorance and the assumptions we make to minimize it. The best you can do for improving objectivity is to be consciously aware that data is filtered and do your best to make sure your filters support thriving. Lack of objectivity or misunderstanding is the big cause of many human problems. The more complex the situation is, the more different approaches and role gaming is needed to reach for in-depth understanding. Practice lateral, nonlinear or multi-dimensional thinking, understand people or things from different angles and be inclusive to appreciate cognitive difference and different point of view in order to be objective and make sound judgments.

Lack of Emotional excellence: Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your emotions. Without the inner balance of energies, one cannot achieve a perfect balance of emotions and logic for analyzing problems more objectively and dispassionately in order to frame the right problems or brainstorm potential solutions. Emotional Brilliance comes because of balance, not extremes of any kind. Only a balanced mind can take the tough decision, be objective, and make better choices. Though it doesn’t mean that people with emotional excellence do not have feeling; it implies such mindsets are more objective, accountable, empathetic, intellectual and progressive, and systematic, therefore, they can think in longer term frame and take "tough decisions keeping their sensitivity intact."

Lack of holistic thinking:
Often, lack of objectivity is caused by the narrow lens, see the tree, but missing the forest; know the part, but ignoring the whole; take a snapshot, but forget the dynamic. A holistic perspective can fix the misperception by exploring multiple thought processes; willing to listen to the diverse viewpoint, zooming out to capture the bigger picture and seeking new information/knowledge to gain the better understanding and holistic view. When you only want to see things from your own point of view, see what you want to see, or, hear-what-you-want-to-hear, often you miss the point to understand the real problem objectively as well as how to solve it creatively or systematically.

Relative objectivity is a continual process in which we skirt the edge of what is possible. Individually, being objective is a professional quality. Collectively, being objective is the journey to pursue trust, true understanding, fairness, and premium problem-solving. It is the next step in our human evolution; It is simple to say, but not easy to accomplish.


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