It’s been said throughout history that admitting you know nothing is the first step towards learning something.
This is often easier said than done, especially in the business environment so many of us work in. Pride can cloud your judgment, ego can make you do the wrong thing, and a lack of accountability means that ultimately you don’t learn anything from the experience.
This has been the topic of discussion in literature notably in Ryan Holiday’s ‘Ego is the Enemy’.
However, the message is loud and clear. Once you admit that you know nothing, you allow yourself to gain access to knowledge, and knowledge is power.
Ego driven decisions are notorious for having little to no success for fairly obvious reasons. To make a calculated decision, individuals need to acknowledge the limits of their abilities, the role that their team can play, and how to harness other sources to make the best decision at that given time.
Choices totally driven by pride and ego are more often, less likely to succeed due to the lack of attention, but they also risk alienating the wider team of people trying to assist you in any way possible.
You can be decisive without being ignorant.
You must ensure you explore every possible route before making important choices. This can include asking your team or trusted co-workers. Additionally be sure to explore less traditional avenues.
Knowledge Networks, for example, can be a useful way to gain access to knowledge that you otherwise may not be able to get. Networks like Lynk connect you to specialized Knowledge Partners who can give you advice and guidance through a variety of consultations.
Ironically knowing how little you know can actually be more beneficial than you think.
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