Explain, not justify

I keep a list of cli­ents – the teams – which I like to work with again. I qual­ify the teams based on hand­ful of rules. The is one of them.

Never work with a team which needs more jus­ti­fic­a­tions than ex­plan­a­tions to reach a de­cision.

Here, I’m not just refer­ing to the ‘ex­plan­a­tions’ and ‘jus­ti­fic­a­tions’ which I re­quired to make. I’m refer­ing to all that are made among the team mem­bers. This how Ox­ford dic­tion­ary defines them.

explain
make (an idea or situation) clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts
justify
show or prove to be right or reasonable

Can you ima­gine how they in­flu­ence the people dif­fer­ently?

The de­cisions made through ‘ex­plan­a­tions’ are mu­tual. They in­spire every one in­volved. At the same the de­cisions made through ‘jus­ti­fic­a­tions’ feels co­erced. The pro­cess of ‘jus­ti­fic­a­tion’ drains more en­ergy than the ‘ex­plan­a­tion’, the en­ergy which could have been used for other pro­duct­ive work.

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