Can knowing the answer hurt you?

The questions you ask yourself determine the results you get in life. Keith Cameron Smith In school, we were taught to know the answer. And we were constantly checked to see if we knew the answer. There were periodic tests, exams, pop quizzes and, most dreaded of all, occasions when we were called on in class. So we’ve been thoroughly indoctrinated in the importance of being able to provide answers when asked. But I wonder, can knowing the answer hurt you? I’m sure your reaction is typical: how could knowing the answer possibly work against you? To illustrate the point, …
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Automatic Reject Mode

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are opened. Sir James Dewar 1842 – 1923 Do you have an automatic or instant “reject mode”? That is, when you hear a new idea or suggestion, do you automatically reject it? Most people will answer, “Of course not.” They immediately dismiss the idea that they could have such a reaction — thus illustrating my point rather nicely. Many people are guilty of having an instant reject mode. That trait may not be all bad; we can and should reject certain ideas and suggestions right away — ones that may be …
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Are you solving the wrong problem?

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham  Maslow 1908 – 1970 When we’re faced with a problem, the first thing we need to do is get totally clear about the issue we’re trying to solve. But at times, this task isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Consider the interesting example of the mathematician Abraham Wald and the British Air Ministry. During World War II, the British Air Ministry engaged Mr. Wald to study the damage suffered by airplanes engaged in combat missions and use those results to recommend appropriate places for …
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