Welcome to the Wednesday Perspective for 27 January 2021!

Of all the frameworks I’ve learned, there are two that I use almost daily. They help me zoom out to get perspective while navigating the inevitable difficult conversations that come with a growing (or contracting) an organisation, and I hope they help you too!

The first is Occam’s Razor.

Let’s deal with the context first. William of Occam was an English philosopher and theologian from the 14th century. Building on others’ ideas, he formed a razor (a philosophy) that said when faced with competing hypotheses, select the one that makes the fewest assumptions. In other words, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

On occasions where my team or mentees hit assumption overload, they will hear me say, ‘Occam’s Razor, right?’

This often brings people back to basics and explanations or answers sitting right in front of them, particularly inconvenient truths. And it’s not long after this point that momentum returns.

The second framework is Radical Candor.

Kim Scott coined this phrase and while the byline of her book, Radical Candor, reads, ‘How To Get What You Want By Saying What You Mean’, the underlying principle is powerful: Care personally and challenge directly.

I can’t remember the last time I walked into a conversation (good or difficult) where this principle wasn’t front of my mind.

So these are my two go-to frameworks, Occam’s Razor and Radical Candor.

What are your favorite frameworks? Send me an email to let me know, I’m still learning, and I’d love to hear about the ones that help you.

Cheers, Phil

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