Understanding the Three Minus Two Times Three Strategy For Making Business Decisions That Produce a Better Chance of Delivering a Positive and Successful Result
Too many businesspeople, including legal professionals, make business decisions on a singular basis. For example, a legal practitioner may want to expand by hiring a new associate and do so by hiring a soon-to-graduate legal student that comes without any habits from any prior firm and thereby can be more easily molded to fit in. In this situation, the legal practitioner, instead of bringing in one legal student and hoping that student will work ouot and become the desired new associate, should bring in three legal students. The practitioner can then work with all three within a try-out arrangement, while expecting that two of the three students will be unsuitable. By doing this, the practitioner triples the chances that the right person will be discovered, avoids the waste of time of trying one - who fails to work out, and then trying another - who also fails to work out, and then trying another. Additionally, there is the psychological benefit when using the Three Minus Two Times Three strategy in that when a person expects two failures out of the three, rather than risking a failure of one idea and thereby becoming emotionally deflated by the failure, when two of three ideas fail, and one succeeds, instead of feeling like a failure, the legal practitioner can feel like a success, and doublely so, once for achieving the desired result, and once for predicting the failure of two ideas.