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Seeking Advice - Integrity Moments - June 24

  • 2019 Jun 24

Seeking Advice

A team of Harvard professors and students wrote an article called, “How Asking Multiple People for Advice Can Backfire.” They discovered that negative consequences can come when personal advisors feel that you embraced someone else’s opinion over theirs. 

These advisors sometimes conclude that anyone seeking input from multiple people is less competent. Rather than discourage seeking advice, the authors made recommendations to mitigate the risk. 

Before seeking advice from someone, ask yourself how that person might respond if their advice is not taken. They also recommended clarifying the reason you’re seeking advice.

Proverbs 15:22 teaches, “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” 

Seeking counsel from multiple parties is valuable; however, be mindful of who and how you ask. Honor their opinion even if not taken.

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