Changing Our Mind (It May Not Mean We’re Indecisive)

By Linda Fisher Thornton

When we change our position on an issue, sometimes it is because we simply can’t decide. But when you look at mind-changing from the perspective of human growth and development, you can see that there is often more to it than that.

When we learn new information that changes our perspective, that can shift us to a fuller understanding of an issue and move us toward a more informed and higher level decision. At that point abandoning a less-informed stance and “changing our mind” can be the most responsible thing to do.

Watch for leaders changing their minds about an issue, and notice how they explain the change. Do you think they reached a different conclusion based on new information and a desire to adjust their position to make a more informed and responsible choice?

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