Know the difference?
It’s wise to not buy everything read or heard. Skeptics add value with, “Not sure that’s the best path; can we talk about it?”
A skeptic’s accountable question (QBQ): “How can I make a difference?”
Pushback builds a better mousetrap.
Cynics doubt the intentions, sincerity, and good will of others—usually management. Cynicism is the cousin to victim thinking. Destructive questions like, “Why are they doing this to us?” are whispered.
Thinking the worst of people is a terrible way to work and live. It tears organizations—and relationships—down.
Be skeptical, not cynical.
Which word describes your organization? How about … you?