A valuable trait in business (as well as in life) appears to be the ability to detach oneself from past work. The inability to do so could be called authorship bias and is related both to confirmation bias and to the sunk cost fallacy.

Is there a word in English to describe this skill ?

  • You could say that they were unhindered by previous work, although this suggests that they might not have done any at all. – Max Williams Aug 8 '16 at 9:59
  • You may be looking for the term (maintaining) objectivity. – Lawrence Aug 8 '16 at 11:15
  • Please add an example sentence how you would use that word. – Helmar Aug 8 '16 at 13:04

What about an idiom, if you can't find a single word, ...

To draw a line under something,

it is finished and you do not think about it again

See answer at https://english.stackexchange.com/a/34432/131620

So you could say she is able to draw a line under _____, and move on and refocus...


flexible, from The Free Dictionary

Able to change to cope with variable circumstances: "a flexible and quietly competent administrator"

When circumstances change, the flexible person adopts a different approach that may be very different from his/her earlier approaches or methods. However, if someone is too "flexible", she may betray her principles for expediency's sake.


To see with fresh eyes is used to describe this skill. Attributed to Marcel Proust:

Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux.

Google translates the above sentence as:

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. "

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