Want to make better decisions?
Be more humble!
M. Scott Peck wrote:
Begin to appreciate each others’ gifts, and you begin to appreciate your own limitations. Witness others share their brokenness, and you will become able to accept your own inadequacy and imperfection. Be fully aware of human variety, and you will recognize the interdependence of humanity. As a group of people do these things – as they become a community – they become more and more humble, not only as individuals but also as a group – and hence more realistic. From which kind of group would you expect a wise, realistic decision: an arrogant one, or a humble one?
Teams full of humble members make better decisions because each person recognizes her own limitations, opens herself to others, and draws from others’ strengths. An open team that desires, expects, and integrates quality contributions from all team members will yield top-quality, creative decisions.
If your team struggles with making quality interdependent decisions, perhaps it’d be good to examine how much you think of yourself (and how much your team members think of themselves), and how that affects what you expect from others.
From: The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
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