Agreeable vs Disagreeable

I just listened to an interview with Jordan B Peterson and Helen Lewis and it was fascinating description of the cultural landscape of our times from two opposing perspectives. Peterson who stands on the side of smaller government, individualism and personal responsibility and Lewis who is in favour of wealth redistribution, socialism and group responsibility. The two tethered back and forth and made very valid points on both sides.

I’m very pragmatic which can be defined as taking a practical approach to solving problems using data and sensible methods with variables currently known. So I like listening to opinions from both sides and decide which course of action I feel would best benefit our interests and align actions towards the goals set. So my political views are mixed, in some areas I adopt a “no counting policy” for social harmony and for others areas adhere to numbers/results oriented approach. It must be difficult to work with me because I’m extroverted, I use conversations to deliberate on actions so occasionally (or often, depends on who you speak to) I speak and listen to 2, 3 or 4 sides of a problem before making a choice as to which would be the best to move forward with.

One area which is cool to think about is whether you’re an agreeable person or a disagreeable person. In listening to ideas, agreeable people tend to do WORSE in CAREER and BETTER in RELATIONSHIP and those that are disagreeable tend to do BETTER in CAREER and WORSE in RELATIONSHIP. Upon further self reflection on this idea, I think I tend to be silently DISAGREEABLE for the most part. I think how I was raised in a Chinese family you always hold your emotions and feelings inside and rarely show them. I recall all the times I was working for other people they may have considered me a model employee. I was wronged many times working for others and instead of an outward revolt, I was always simmering deep down and accumulating knowledge and skills which would allow me to break free.

I’m halfway through a book by Beth Comstock called Imagine it Forward. This book was given to me by the father of one of our staff. It has really opened my eyes about the perspective of women in the workplace. Also how to be a change agent in an organization and utilize the people around you better. I feel so fortunate that I can read and there are resources all around us that help us to improve our lives.

This post is all over the place but I don’t care I’m glad I got it out. I leave the comments on if anyone is actually reading this feel free to comment. I’d love to hear negative and positive feedback.