“Binary” thinking is very harmful, but we all do it. There is a human tendency to make decisions quickly when it comes to people. We then stick with the decision we have made.
What’s more I only listen to evidence that supports my decision.
The weird thing is: I recruited that guy. Was I blind?
Mistakes with people are the most costly in business. The first step to correcting them is not making them in the first place. Prevention is better than cure.
One way of warning myself that I am heading for a lawsuit is when I start to think “binary”: good/bad, useless/great, fast/slow etc. I have made many of the mistakes I describe in this column, and I have observed them in others. It hurts and is costly.
One reason I think binary, is that I project my own issues onto others. It is a reason but it is not the only one. I can make the first step to change by taking a long hard look at myself.
see also fall guy syndrome