What the aim of an argument (should be)

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. — Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French Philosopher

Unlike the graphic above … I don’t think we should wait until there is an emergency to start exploring the truth.  This brings to mind all that Jim Collins learned about how companies that made the leap from “Good to Great” have developed the ability to confront the “Brutally Honest Facts”.   He said of these companies that essentially they weren’t afraid to discuss or even argue about the hard things…but the aim wasn’t blame… the aim was progress… the aim was to discover the truth.  The truth about the problem, the truth about the solution and the truth about what was needed to achieve it.

Some short wonderful audio clips of Jim Collins discussing this principle and many more  are available for FREE… click here! 

Kirk Out


  1. You must have known the exact topic we covered in our learning segment of our team meeting this week!

    We actually discussed the fact that whilst we live by the cultural approach taught in Leadership & Self Deception, whilst also embracing many of the elements that Jim Collins teaches, there might be the false feeling in this that we have to be ‘nice’ all the time and not challenge anything. When in fact this couldn’t be further from the important ‘truth’ 😉

    Of course the opposite is true when you have a great culture because you don’t fear raising things and discussing them because the culture is strong and in debate, the issue is in the firing line, not the person.

    The article I actually read from is here: https://arbinger.com/blog/resolve-workplace-conflict/

    Warm regards and truth telling,

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