Like baseball fans who dismiss a slumping batter as a dud, some managers label underperforming employees as hopeless. Once you deem someone “unmanageable,” that worker may never bounce back in your mind.
Tagging people with unfair labels can rupture your relationships. Heed the counsel of billionaire George Soros, “Understand that you may be wrong, especially when you believe too firmly that you’re right.”
Balance open-mindedness with a commitment to engage your critical-reasoning skills. Remember the words of Judge Harold T. Stone, the character portrayed by actor Harry Anderson in the sitcom Night Court, “I try to keep an open mind, but not so open that my brains fall out.”