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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 57: The wisdom of groups

Three cobblers with their wits combined, equal Zhuge Liang the master mind.

Chinese proverb (Zhuge Liang, a famous statesman and strategist, was chief minister of the state of Shu 220–280 CE)

Thinking is both solitary and social. We need to think for our­selves – and make time to do so. But we also need to talk with and listen to others, for stimulus and encouragement, fresh perspectives and new ideas. Conversation at its best is a form of mutual thinking.

Outside the confines of the making of a particular decision you should always be open to the ideas, suggestions and information that people offer you. The more you show interest, the more that people will tell you, and you’ll find that 10 per cent of their ideas ...

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