Sunday 17 May 2015

If you think you’re always right, you’re wrong

This Sunday's sparkenation and the rehumanisation of leadership and management part 1.

The Federal Budget in Australia was released on Tuesday to much fruitless fanfare. There's now a whole lot of BS happening to try and sell it. The overwhelming view is that it's a pre-election budget, not what we actually need as a country.

The sellers, the naysayers, and those opposed all have one problem. They're think they're always right which means they're wrong because nobody is always right.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

I would add, and to do what's best for the common-good even if that means taking on someone else's idea, or better still to reach a shared idea through much candid yet convivial debate and where everyone is prepared to let go their perceived need to be right.

Most political, religious, business, and educational leaders are intelligent people. The sad news is that only a tiny minority demonstrate it in their actions.

In remarkable workplaces reaching and maintaining a shared-view in 7 areas is what real leaders are masters at. How masterful are you?

If you think you're always right, you're wrong. Real leadership is all about the wisdom and the skill to let go of the need to be right and instead find a way forward together. How wise are you?

The tyranny of either/or as Collins and Porras called it is the sad side of humanity. Embracing both/and is what being truly human is all about. And it's not about compromise. It is about a co-promise.

Be remarkable.

More sparkenations here.

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