I don’t like the attitude of not trying to see the good in others.
I naturally dislike the attitude of trying to find fault with others.
I was educated with “point deductionism” until I grew up.
The point-scoring system is a method of evaluation in which, for example, a person’s evaluation starts with a score of 100, and every time the person makes a mistake or has a problem, the score is deducted from 100.
The opposite of this is “point additionism”, and point additionism is a method of evaluation in which a person starts with a score of zero, but as success or improvement is seen in that person, more and more points are added from zero.
In short, point deductionism is to evaluate based on negative factors, and point additionism is to evaluate based on positive factors, but neither is absolutely superior to the other, and it is necessary to use them differently depending on the situation.
For example, in the context of creating things, I think that point deductionism is more appropriate than point additionism.
I think it would be too scary to fly an airplane unless the company that makes the airplane checks every single problem with the airplane, and if there is a problem, the work is redone, and if there is no problem, the work is finally completed.
I’m too scared to fly on a plane that hasn’t been checked for problems……
That’s the start of air travel to a destination in another world where there’s no return flight
As you can see, there are situations in which point deductionism is more appropriate than point additionism, but I believe that we should use point additionism for people, not things.
In fact, I was educated with point deductionism, and after working with various people and having various personal experiences, I feel the negative effects of point deductionism.
I really wish there were more people with point additionism.
In the future, if we don’t think in terms of point additionism, we won’t be able to grow as a company or as an individual, we will lose out in various social competitions, and it will be difficult to get the results we want.
So why do I think point deductionism is not good?
Now, based on my experience, I’ll elaborate on why below!
People stop taking action
For example, if the company’s evaluation method is based on point deductionism, it is easy for employees to lose their motivation to try new things because they will receive a low evaluation if they fail.
And I think that a culture of status quo will be built in that company.
In the first place, the probability of failure is much higher than that of success when taking on a new challenge, and if the environment is based on point deductionism, where failure is actively given a low rating, then I think that fewer people will take the trouble to take on a high risk challenge.
On the other hand, in the case of point additionism, if challenges are evaluated positively even if they fail, it will be easier to create new challenges.
To begin with, I think that taking on a new challenge and succeeding is a kind of gambling or lottery.
There are countless people in the world who have tried and failed.
There are only a handful of success stories.
However, I think it is also true that success can only be achieved by betting on that small possibility.
Success cannot be expected without risk. Without challenge, nothing will change.
If you are fine with the status quo, there is no need to change anything. However, if you have ambitions to achieve great success and want to create a culture where people are willing to take on challenges, it will be important to adopt the point additionism evaluation method.
I suppose point deductionism would make people atrophy. I guess it’s only natural that no one would want to do anything new under point deductionism
It is necessary to create a good system that takes advantage of human characteristics. If we want to increase the number of people taking on challenges, we need to create an environment that encourages people to take on positive challenges.
Inability to effectively use the power of others
It’s hard to notice the good things about a person if you’re using point deductionism.
In the first place, when you are trying to find out what is wrong with a person, you are not interested in finding out what is good about that person.
But I think that’s like not riding a vehicle at all because you’re worried about traffic accidents.
It would be a shame to miss the chance to get the good effects that we should have gotten by only looking at the bad parts of others, even though we can get good effects by bringing out the good parts in others.
On the other hand, with point additionism, you need to see the good in the person, so you will naturally be able to think productively about the person’s abilities.
I think it’s important to try to see the good in others, whether in a company or individually.
We are human beings, so there are plenty of problems, and sometimes you will meet someone who you will think, “His behavior is strange,” or “She is not capable.”
However, I believe that every person has something good to offer, and it would be a shame to deny a person just by looking at his/her bad parts.
That would be like throwing away all the bananas that are partially blackened.
And if you can find something good about the other person, you will be able to use that power from then on, and your chances of achieving your goals will be higher than before.
For example, if Ms. A is not good at communication but can put together documents neatly, you should leave the job of putting together documents to Mr. A. If Mr. B is a good negotiator with customers even if his behavior is a little outrageous, you should leave the job of negotiation to Mr. B.
Therefore, I think it is much more productive to think with point additionism.
In point deductionism environment, I think both Ms. A and Mr. B would be treated as a bit of troublemaker.
And I think they will probably change jobs someday without ever being able to demonstrate the good abilities they have.
No one is perfect, right? And I don’t think it’s fun to live a life where I only see other people’s problems.
It’s true, I also think that people with point deductionism don’t seem to be able to do anything productive
Constantly demotivating people
People are more motivated when they are praised.
When you are praised, dopamine is released in your brain and your brain feels good.
Since this is how the human brain works, it is quite natural for us to become happy and motivated when we receive praise.
However, if you are constantly criticized, you will gradually lose your motivation.
There is no dopamine in your brain because you are only pointed out the problems and never praised.
In fact, I think that the person who is constantly pointed out the problems will lose confidence.
So, instead of just pointing out problems, I think you need to set goals and properly evaluate the achievement of those goals.
I think it is just irresponsible to criticize only the problems without indicating the passing line and without praising what has been done.
I don’t think that would be productive in any way.
I don’t think that’s productive at all.
I think the pernicious demerit of point deductionism is that it doesn’t help people grow, but even takes away people’s motivation.
I had a friend who used to criticize me all the time, and it was super annoying!!
When I look at the current opposition parties, I think that it would be irresponsible to just criticize them and not come up with any counter-proposals.
So far, I’ve explained how point deductionism is a despicable evaluation method when looking at people.
With point deductionism, it’s easy to just criticize.
But since people with point deductionism don’t try to think of anything productive, I think the chances of something good coming out of it will be low.
If you want to get better results, you will still need to make a certain amount of effort.
Of course, it is important to understand the person’s problems and areas for improvement.
This is because they will not grow if you do not give them feedback on problems and areas for improvement.
It is important to understand the problems and areas for improvement, but I think the problem is that people with point deductionism tend to just point out the problems.
They criticize and then have no second words at all.
I don’t think you should end up criticizing them, but you need to tell them the following. “This work of yours was good, but next time I would like you to improve this part a bit more.”
And if you are able to proactively find the good in others and effectively draw out their strengths, I believe this will lead to growth and competitiveness for you and your company.
Also, I think that if you look for the good points of any person, you will find them.
No matter how annoying a person is, there is always something good about them.
This may sound idealistic, but I’ve been a pretty bad guy in the past, so now I believe we all have our good points lol
So, this was an article about the need to think in terms of point additionism when dealing with people.
Thank you for taking the time to read this long! 😉