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Developing a positive outlook to counteract negative ‘yes, but…’ thinking

By Colin Dworkin, Director of Programmes, Talaspect Talent Development

23 April 2015

We can all engage with negative 'yes, but…' thinking. Indeed, lawyers are trained in the art of critical thinking. Some do it very naturally
and even draw their energy from it. But,
did you ever ask yourself "could you please stop looking for problems?"

Law firm leaders need finely-tuned antennae to spot the negative 'yes, but…' issues. Much time is spent on identifying strategic, financial, client-related, operational, reputational and business risks. Almost by instinct, leaders are also looking for other project-based negatives.

Negative 'yes, but…' thinking is clearly very important; it might save the day. But, it is also important to counteract the potential psychological side effects if it starts to dominate your thought processes.

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