Does Judgment Trump Experience?

If we take into consideration the endogenous and exogenous factors that account for sound judgment, then we would be driven to the point of recognition that experience does not necessarily trump judgment. The three qualitative modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance, for instance – play significant roles in our experience and judgment call. The probability of experience trumping judgment is one over infinity, that is, most unlikely, for a leader under the auspices of the qualitative mode of passion cum ignorance; antithetically, the experience of one who is impelled by transcendental goodness could be an excellent tool in judgment call for organizational upward mobility. The case of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in the Indian sub-continent, is very intriguing. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as a mere teenager, excelled in philosophical debate with highly experienced scholars like Prakasananda Saraswati and his colleagues.
We can also look at it from another perspective: if experience is devoid of critical, creative and caring thinking skills, it is most likely that it would not engender judgment call, whereas experience replete with critical, creative and caring thinking skills will most likely enhance judgment.

A contribution by Bhakti Vasudeva Swami (aka Vasudev Das) to Harvard Business School – Working Knowledge seminar on “Does Judgment Trump Experience?” Link – Article number (comment number) 82, at: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5828.html

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