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Cynic vs. Skeptic in fact-based decision making

For those who are fact-based decision-makers, it’s important to know the difference between a cynic and a skeptic.

A cynic wants to put down any idea that is not theirs or they don’t already believe in.

A skeptic wants to find a solution but will require reasoned support that solution, even if it’s theirs. That’s a key differentiator: If you don’t hold your own ideas to the same standard of proof that you hold other people’s ideas, then you are a cynic.

Cynic: “That will never work because I don’t think it will work.”

Skeptic: “I think X and Y could cause a problem. Do you agree or disagree? Why?”

Fact-based decision makers have to be skeptics, but it is too easy to become a cynic, and that will destroy a healthy, fact-based problem-solving culture.

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Troy Powell

Troy Powell

Troy Powell focuses on business analytics with primary responsibility for advanced analytics and data mining projects. He also serves as a key thought leader with responsibilities of developing new, innovative solutions and advancing knowledge on customer research, analytical techniques, and research methodology.

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0 thoughts on “Cynic vs. Skeptic in fact-based decision making

  1. I think from fact and based we can see wider opportunity that drive decision.

    cynic : sound heard someone like a prophet ?

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