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Finding a Common Frame of Reference

Finding a Common Frame of Reference

Finding a Common Frame of Reference

We need to find a "Common Frame of Reference" which unites people.

Categorising People

We are taught to categorise people into different "types". Then we spend time trying to recognise and deal with each type.

But rather than splitting people into different types: Man-woman; Black-white; Young-old; Introvert-extrovert; Visual-auditory-kinaesthetic; bosses-workers; etc.; why not instead focus on finding ways we are the SAME?

Seeking Unity

I believe that we can (and should) seek to find the things that unite us, rather than what divides us. We should find what we have in common.

What do we have in common?


Human beings are defined as "the Rational animal".

So, let us make a new rule: We treat all people reasonably!

We never treat people unreasonably.

We make decisions based upon a rational evaluation of all the available evidence.

We are never irrational.

We do nothing that is arbitrary; everything we do is for a definite Reason.

To stay alive, we must reason correctly, so we all have strong rational components to our minds.

So, let us use Reason as our "common frame of reference" and develop rational goals, plans and actions.

Rational Optimism

If you are interested in learning more about developing a Management team based upon Rational Optimism, then please check out our Leadership and Management training course.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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