Authentic Conversations – Interpretations

20 Nov

When you are engaged in an Authentic Conversation it is critical that you understand the difference between assertions (facts) and assessments (interpretations).  Where facts are true or false, interpretations are valid or invalid depending on the authority given to the interpretation.  In other words, when I act on an interpretation as if it is valid, then, by my actions, I am giving that interpretation authority.  That interpretation is shaping my actions and my world.  So, it is dangerous to act on interpretations that are not well grounded.  A grounded interpretation means that you have a factual basis for making that interpretation.   Interpretations can only be grounded with facts, not other interpretations.

Distinguishing between facts and interpretations, and between grounded and ungrounded interpretations are critical leadership and management skills.



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