Break The Judgment Habit To Drive Better Performance

Judging people kills performance.

It’s a dangerous habit that limits our ability to see possibilities in others.

Yet, we fall into the judgment trap too often:

1) Our brains are wired to make snap judgments

We constantly scan our environment for information that will help us decide how to survive and thrive which often relates to people. When we see someone for the first time, our brains quickly assess their physical appearance, clothing, body language, and other cues to form an impression of them. This impression is often based on stereotypes and preconceived notions, leading to biased judgments.

2) We are social creatures who need to belong

As social creatures, we have a natural need to belong to groups. This need can lead us to judge others to determine whether they are part of our in-group or out-group. We are more likely to judge people who are different from us or who we perceive as a threat to our group.

3) We want to feel superior

Sometimes, we judge others as a way to feel superior to them. This can be motivated by insecurity or a need to feel in control. Judging others can make us feel like we are better than them, which can boost our self-esteem.

The real danger is that being judgemental prevents us from: 👇

  • Seeing the best in people and their true potential
  • Welcoming different perspectives
  • Feeling positive emotions despite challenging contexts
  • Being more open and honest with others
  • Trusting people
  • Being more creative and believing in possibilities
  • Making better and unbiased decisions

🔑 My advice:

Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings.

When you notice yourself judging someone, take a moment to:

  • Pause and ask yourself why you are judging them
  • Listen for possibilities
  • Seek out different perspectives
  • Practice empathy
  • Focus on the positive

There’s potential in everyone. Your job is to find it. 🔎

Looking for more insights about the mindset shift?

Watch the episode with Carolyn Dewar – Senior Partner of McKinsey – co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book: ‘CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets that Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest’: Watch it here

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