The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Do
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. — Ken Robinson
This sounds good. It sounds like the right answer. Yet giving ourself permission – or our employees permission – to be possibly be wrong is incredibly difficult to do.
It’s scary to put yourself out there with the possibility of being wrong! Don’t you think so? Most of us don’t like it personally, and we certainly don’t like it organizationally, so we don’t do it. We play it safe. We make the safe choices. And we don’t make it safe for anyone else to do anything but play it safe.
And yet we pretend that we’re innovative. Pretend that there’s creativity going on. Pretend that we’re doing something differently than we’ve done before. But when we actually do something different, we’re very uncomfortable. Different doesn’t feel safe. So we’ll put an end to that!
What if we could find a way to embrace the vulnerability you feel in the face of “different”? To re-wire our brains to be okay with “wrong”? What might be possible?
Maybe what’s real is that playing it safe is the most dangerous thing you can do.
©OnStage Leadership, 2014 (originally posted October, 2013)
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