Have you ever been really certain of something, only later to find out you were wrong? Have you ever dismissed an idea as utter rubbish only to find out later it has some validity?
I know that I have. We have all had these experiences, but what can we learn from this that might change how we react when considering a new idea?
Perhaps next time you are presented with a new idea from a colleague, or someone in your team, or from something you read, you give the idea some wiggle room rather than immediately condemning or approving it.
Maybe it is valid, maybe it isn’t, but be curious, especially if it is something they have thought through and you think is wrong. How did they get to a different conclusion?
In the words of Chester Barnard, “It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning.”
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is our illusion of knowledge and our desire for certainty.
So develop a mindset that includes things like curiosity, respect, courage and empathy. Click here for more.
My best wishes, Paul