The tyranny of the 'or' by ProQuest


Sometimes the author comes across a phrase that sticks with him for life. Such is the case with the "tyranny of the or," which he picked up 15 or so years ago from Jim Collins' book Built to Last. Since he came across this phrase, it repeatedly has popped into his consciousness and helped him understand a group's dilemma. Pursuing compromise as a goal makes it almost impossible to achieve synergy, where their collective individual assumptions lead them to a better alternative. To escape the tyranny of the or, they must admit that they have a problem, that this problem affects the performance of their group and the quality of their group's choices, and that they can look synergistically for a better solution.

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