Business People vs. Psychologists

I had an interesting conversation with a former student who earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology and then went to business school. He was talking about the different attitudes of psychologists and leaders in business. When you read this, please remember that it isn’t black and white, but you will be able to see the dreamstimefree_438746 ninja battledifferences in emphasis. Here are some observations:

Business people: Results oriented

Psychologists: Process oriented

Business people: Hate uncertainty; believe in control

Psychologists: Live with uncertainty; don’t think that control is all it’s cracked up to be

Business people: Control feels right, good. Lack of control feels helpless, wrong.

Psychologists: There is much that we cannot control; change what we can, accept what we cannot.

I think that we could learn a lot from each other and move an inch or two away from the direction we favor and toward the other idea.


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