By Dan Rockwell via Leadership Freak Blog Article
My Favorite Mistake
“My favorite mistake is thinking I know when I don’t.
Knowing is great when I’m right. Sadly, I think I’m right nearly all the time. I make up my mind quickly because my way of thinking is the “right” way of thinking.
When I’m wrong, but think I know, I create an environment where those around me have to convince me I’m wrong. They have to help me unlearn.
Unlearning is harder than learning. …
Solving the problem of knowing:
- Reject the need to look like you know. Arrogance makes us know when we don’t.
- Ask first. When you think you know, open the door to other options with questions.
- Believe there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (Apologies to cat lovers.) I don’t like others telling me how to do my job. But, strangely, it’s ok for me to tell them how to do theirs.
- Aggressively seek feedback during and after projects. Just because things turned out right, doesn’t rule out the need for improvement.
- Withhold judgement. A decision is the end of thought. Once we decide we enter defense mode.”