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Steve Freeman

I'm so pleased you cited Bob Taylor. I was an intern at Digital's Systems Lab when he was still there and was hugely impressed at how well run the place was. I've only ever worked at one other place that was comparable and that had a link back to PARC.

Joe Marchese

The Scottish philosopher David Hume said "Truth arises from disagreement amongst friends.” My best business experiences come from working closely with people that I like... a lot... and with whom I agree on nothing. We achieve breakthrough results that way, and only predictable results when we let groupthink creep in.

Jared Cosulich

I think this is one of the most crucial interactions in an organization to get right, and probably one of the hardest.

Just the other day I was having a debate with my co-founder and couldn't help but feel like he wasn't "listening like he was wrong". He was listening and could repeat back what I was saying, but I just wasn't getting the impression that he was actively considering my opinion and trying to find an even more optimal solution.

I'm sure the interaction had as much to do with my communication skills as his, so it may be that I wasn't doing any better than he was, but we did end up accepting his solution. Regardless, I'm still looking for a good way to either say something or frame the conversation such that all parties involved really try to consider the other person's opinion actively, really try to take ownership of it and improve on it, rather than just trying to win the argument.

I'm not entirely sure that it's possible, but it's definitely worth trying to achieve.

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