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Beware the Two Answer Question

“Should I quit my job or not?”

“Should we go to Paris or Rome?

“Should we fire our idiot financial advisor or not?”

Think of these as “exam questions” that, by their very nature, constrain your thinking. And depending on how you phrase it, the question points directly at one of the two answers.

It’s hard to imagine a problem with only two alternatives. Questions like these beg to be reframed.

“How can I keep growing professionally?”

“Where is the most romantic place we can think of to vacation?

“How can we improve the quality of financial advice we’re getting?

Give yourself some altitude, particularly on questions with significant consequences.  Change the language. Invite more options to the table.

Refuse to ask and answer questions that point to only one.