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About the “50% of what you think is wrong by Jeff Sutherland”

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As Jeff said in his post : “50% of what you think is wrong…” and you can prove it to yourself. I’ll try to summarise and give my opinion about knowledge.

Great and deep thinking Jeff, thank you for sharing. The animation is a bit fast which may distract from focussing more on what is said, but it’s nice – very good job -.

To summarise my understanding from the text and the presentation (and maybe it’s 50% wrong!)

1-      50 % of our thinking is wrong

2-      Motivation in most organisations is based on rewarding and punishing – (not so productive ways and even obvious in some cases).

3-      For better performance, people need

  • Autonomy
  • Mastering
  • Purpose

I totally agree with 2 and 3 and they are the main idea behind this post. But, if you don’t mind, I would like to add a note about the first one (Philosophical thinking about knowledge).

Indeed, maybe 50 % of one’s knowledge or common knowledge is wrong and history of science is here to enforce this position. But if we push the analysis a little forward we will have two problems ( or results depending on how you qualify them) with that:

1-      There is no absolute knowledge: 50 % of our thinking is wrong, and since we have no idea which thought is in which context (wrong or right), we can say that no thought is absolutely right.

2-      Maybe the statement that “50% is wrong” is part of the 50% that is wrong: This is the case of recurrent logic which rejects its parent and ends to rejecting itself.

In my opinion, it’s not about wrong or right at absolute level. It’s rather about better or worse at relative and local level. To keep going, we need to choose our path and this is done by each one using his personal reference of better or worse from his point of view. And this last can only be a relative and a local one.

Thus, sharing our thoughts is the best way to check how far they are “right” and learn from each other!

Sif E. Elharti

Even small acts can have a great impact…


Written by selharti

June 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

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