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I Don't Know, But Together We Might
Author: John Dengate
A few years ago, we used a great video by Peter Bregman in our collaboration workshops about the power of being able to admit "I don't know" as a way of getting better outcomes from others.
I was reminded of that recently when a client told a similar story of how they tried it and found it changed the group dynamics of a team meeting significantly with people engaging, stepping up and being creative.
We talked a little about the challenges of being OK personally to try that, and I was left wondering why it seems so hard....
So what assumptions might sit there when I consider saying "I don't know?"
- but I should!....(know the answer or what to do)
- I might look incompetent
- the boss might think I'm not up for the task
- my team might think I shouldn't be in charge
- I'll be less able to influence the decision
- people may point the finger...at me!
- my reputation might suffer
Or, I could be thinking
- it's good I don't know it all or I might drive this in the wrong direction
- it will be a great way to tap into the knowledge of the team
- the boss wants people to innovate and this could draw out new ideas
- the team will be grateful that they are more likely to be able to contribute their ideas
- I will be more confident we are making the right decision if it emerges from the work we do together
- I'm less likely to be blamed if we do this together
- my reputation will be enhanced as a leader who works with others to get better outcomes
I'd love to give you some tips about how to do this, but I don't know....
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