When we think we have the only right answer that’s when we are at our riskiest moment and most vulnerable to making a mistake.
I am not talking about the daily, mundane decisions we make every day where we’re using basic common-sense; I am talking about important decisions that impact other people and have lasting results.
I often thought I was right on an issue when I was wrong. It has taken me years to figure out that real wisdom is receiving counsel from others, most importantly from my wife, can give a different perspective and help me see what I miss.
We can grow to be better parents, spouses, friends, and employees, when we allow input from others on important decisions or issues that impact our lives or those important people around us.
To mature as a team, make a healthier company culture, and avoid bad decisions within our organizations, we need to open to input and counsel from others in our business.
A biblical scripture I like and believe is true. Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”
When we think we know we’re right on an issue, a practical tip to is to ask ourselves “What don’t I see?” and get input from other trusted people. This takes self-awareness, humility, and security in who we are to make this happen.
When was a time you thought you were right when you were wrong? And If you would’ve listened to counsel from others, you would have avoided the wrong decision.