Critique the analysis, not the person: professional behavior

User Forum Topic
Submitted by powayseller on September 25, 2006 - 10:35pm

Some people who disagree on this forum react by criticizing the *person* who made the analysis, rather than the *analysis* itself.

This type of criticism occurs daily at Roubini's blog, where some people really lay in on him, but offer no facts or data of their own. This also happens here at piggington, with me as the prime target.

My work mentors taught me never to attack a person, but to debate the idea. I learned that when I disagreed with someone, I had to focus on the topic and give the reasons that my idea was better, why my way would yield better results and how much money that would save the company, but *never* accuse the person. Keeping the emotion out is very important in the workplace. Those who master this skill will probably rise farther in their careers.

Instead of criticizing a person, criticize that person's line of reasoning. Do you want to show me you are smarter than I, or just more emotional?

If you disagree with me, make a bloody good case for WHY! If you want to show that your analysis is superior, you do it by giving a superior analysis, not by calling names.

Submitted by sdrealtor on September 29, 2006 - 12:18pm.

I think Anderson is full of BS and told you so before you wasted your money going. They have never been right. I have colleagues that tell stories about them saying CA is recession proof 1 month before the market tanked a decade ago.

Submitted by sdduuuude on October 2, 2006 - 9:45am.

woodrow - thanks for your support in this matter. You sound like a pretty reasonable guy (girl?).

Submitted by Texas is hot on October 4, 2006 - 9:07am.

You guys make me laugh. I was in here a few months ago offering a property for sale in Amarillo and man, you guys laid into me big time. It got VERY negative and although I'm typically thick-skinned, you somehow got under my layers and I felt defeated.

I laughed my arse off this morning when I read this article:

I felt somewhat vindicated because this is just the outcome I thought would occur. My ENTIRE point of any post I offered was that WHEN your market fails, AND you want to move your equity, CONSIDER Amarillo (or anywhere Texas).

I offered a property via web link for a luxury home ($167/square foot) here in Amarillo and the response was swift and punishing. Again, for those new readers; here's the link:

Someone (can't recall who) offered up this bit of wisdom: "Why would I trade my bubble for yours"? Okay kids, read the first article from the LA Times (Martin Crutsinger) and see for yourself why.

Of course, I'm ready this time for the onslaught of flames and negativity, but now at least the tide is turning (we have no tides in Amarillo) on the statistics of just where the housing economy is sliding.

Submitted by sdrealtor on October 4, 2006 - 9:18am.

I've been to Amarillo before and the only thing I remember was a bunch of old Cadillacs buried in the ground. I think you also have a monument to helium. Thats all I remember.

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on October 4, 2006 - 9:41am.

What in the Sand Hill ?

Mostly we flamed you for using this board for advertisement purposes. Don't you get it ?

So, your wonderfully underpriced, monster house in beautiful Amarillo is still on the market ? Hmmm, I smell something, is it manure or is the market slowing nationally ?

Submitted by EJ on October 4, 2006 - 11:49am.

sorry if duplicate ...

I think or friend from Texas is back because no one in the area can afford a $600k home. A quick check of labor stats for Potter county show the average weekly income of $667.

He is thinking that someone here who had a mortgage on a $400k home that was sold last year for $1.1mil might have the equity to buy it. Unfortunately, those gains were mostly on paper and very few people cashed out. A lot of the people who did cash out hang around here, so he is targeting the right audience. The catch is: if you were smart enough to cash out last year, are you now foolish enough buy again this year (especially in a location were the economy can't support the price)?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.