How? By talking over or down to others. By refusing to consider alternatives other than their own solutions and pathway prescriptions. By dismissively defining (more often, pre-defining) the value, motives, and prospects of others.
Opposite of the Shutters are the Openers. What are some of the strategic and wholesome moves of the Openers?
- They purposefully listen before, and more than, they talk.
- They suspend their presuppositions and assumptions, especially when the problems or contexts are complex.
- They fully consider the contributions of others, no matter their title, their degree(s), their social status.
- They always consider the possibility that they, themselves, could be wrong - the ultimate mindset for realizing equitable potentialities.
Openers for me, please.