Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Here is a great story I heard the other day. One day, a student approached Socrates and said, “Socrates, I have just heard some news about one of your friends.” Socrates said, “Before you tell me this news, we need to make sure that it passes the triple filter test.” “Triple filter test?” the man asked. “The first test is of TRUTH. Is what you’re going to tell me, absolutely true?” Socrates asked. The man thought for a time and said, “I heard this news from someone else, so I’m not 100% sure.” “The second test is that of GOODNESS. Is what you’re about to tell me, something good?” “No, it’s the opposite.” Socrates continued, “There is one final test which is USEFULNESS. Is what you’re about to tell me, going to be useful?” “Probably not,” the man replied. “Well, if you’re going to tell me something that’s not true, good or useful, then why tell me at all?” responded the philosopher. The “Triple Filter Test” is an effective tool to stem gossip at work and in other places. It promotes trust and fosters better relationships. It increases productivity as well. Why be a troublemaker when you can be a peacemaker, right? I am working on it, too. What do you do to handle gossip around you? #farzanasuri #victorycoach #lifecoach #gossip #leadership #humanrelations #team #culture #socrates #storyteller #corporatetrainer #motivationcoach #careercoach #gossipmill #valuesmatter #insecurities