Suspicions Cloud Conclusion

Suspicions are just as dangerous as a hunch because they are aimed at people. Teammates who become suspicious of each other are not participating in a healthy team dynamic. When faced with the unknowns of a problem, our brains work hard to quickly fill the unknown gaps. The internal motivations of teammates are often unknown and therefore our suspicions will often plug in an imagined motivation that is almost never positive. Trust and communication can clear up unknowns, but they take more time than suspicion. We prefer to think that we can know the unknowable without taking the time to have a clarifying conversation…especially when we have made up our mind.

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