🎄Christmas time is approaching, and with its share of celebrations also its share of questions. “Who do we see each other at?”, “on what date?”, “at noon or in the evening?”

Then the problems arise: “Oh no, at noon we can’t, we already have Christmas with the other side of the family!”, “We can’t have two in a row, show empathy with my liver”, “On the 24th it is not possible, there is the Christmas of the godfathers-godmothers.” …

It is quite uncommon to find a solution that suits everyone, even with the help of Doodle, and so comes the moment of the fateful sentence: “we will find a compromise”. Déjà-vu?

Compromise is culturally sooo deeply rooted, that it sometimes feels a solution is only complete if each person involved has taken at least one step toward the other(s).

But sometimes compromise is nothing but disappointment for everyone. Because it prevents you from seeing the solutions that lie elsewhere than on the path that connects you to your interlocutors. And sometimes the best solution is on a parallel path.

🙃Ready for a geeky effort before well-deserved Holydays? So let me geometrically illustrate this in a decision-making involving 3 people, i.e. a triangle.

🔺The compromise would be the point of intersection of the angle bisectors, a.k.a. the center of gravity, which allows maintaining the triangle in balance. It is necessarily inside the triangle, so everyone must take at least one step toward the others. The guarantee of having balanced family celebrations, but not necessarily fun and satisfying.

🔺An alternative could be to find the point of intersection of the perpendicular bisectors, a.k.a. the circumcenter, to guarantee celebrations that include everyone as they are. And as we all remember from geometry lessons (just kidding), this point may not be inside the triangle (like in the illustration). That is, some took steps in the opposite direction of another.

End of demonstration 🤩 It applies to geometry, to the organisation of Christmas parties, but also to business: remember that the best solution is not necessarily found halfway!

❓And you, rather balanced celebrations that can be boring or inclusive ones that can be chaotic?

🧑🎄I wish you happy holidays!!!

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