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(Fast Company)   Why do good leaders need to learn the power of 'I don't know'? I dunno?   (fastcompany.com) divider line
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2020-05-07 3:18:35 PM  
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2020-05-07 3:50:54 PM  

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2020-05-07 5:39:49 PM  
I don't know!

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2020-05-07 8:33:01 PM  
Because dimwits see the confidence and bluster they display when leaders don't know the answer, and assume that person MUST know what they're talking about.  An authoritative attitude, posture, and voice will get you far, because people are stupid.
 
2020-05-07 8:34:32 PM  
Because if you can admit you don't know something, you can then take action to learn it.
 
2020-05-07 8:38:30 PM  
Because realizing how much you don't know is the beginning of wisdom.
 
2020-05-07 8:39:50 PM  
Because.
 
2020-05-07 8:41:12 PM  
The more I know,

The more I know, I don't know
 
2020-05-07 8:45:33 PM  
I hate when my boss says, IDK.  Say, Let me find out, for god's sake.
 
2020-05-07 8:47:51 PM  
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2020-05-07 8:48:10 PM  

theteacher: I hate when my boss says, IDK.  Say, Let me find out, for god's sake.


The two sentences should go together.  "I don't know.  Let me see what I can find out."
 
2020-05-07 8:48:31 PM  
Right wingers think being loudmouth farking garbage that acts like an expert on everything but doesn't know jack farking shiat is what it means to be a real leader and man.

It's why they are shiat people that don't belong in America.
 
2020-05-07 8:49:53 PM  
saying IDK means you lack the skills to do you job, and thus shouldn't be working in that role anymore.

regardless of the fact you weren't included on the email forwarded to everyone else.

or being asked by a dean how students being able to meet with their instructors during office hours ties into student success.

/can you tell someone had an annual evaluation today?
 
2020-05-07 8:50:32 PM  

theteacher: I hate when my boss says, IDK.  Say, Let me find out, for god's sake.


If you aren't a pedantic pain the the butt that we all wish HR could shove out a window...

that's basically implied.
 
2020-05-07 8:55:44 PM  
I've been thinking about this today an humanities future. I doubt it. The reason why: This is like the math problem I came up with that the solution found a new use for the ancient Chinese/Pascal's Triangle that millions of people have looked at over thousandS of years. The reason: nobody had taken nothing into account as something to count. I am agnostic. I take the position of no position on god(s). If quantum physics is right, the Universe in its default takes the position of no position. A lot of people can't deal with that concept or cannot deal with not having an answer to the question at hand.
 
2020-05-07 9:00:10 PM  
If they don't the power of "I don't know", then they aren't good leaders.
 
2020-05-07 9:01:41 PM  

neongoats: Right wingers think being loudmouth farking garbage that acts like an expert on everything but doesn't know jack farking shiat is what it means to be a real leader and man.

It's why they are shiat people that don't belong in America.


And that is exactly why their fantasy civil war will not happen or fail in the asinine way. They know everything and their organization skills are woefully lacking.

There is a reason they started this civil war talk back with Nixon and it never happened.
 
2020-05-07 9:02:13 PM  

Hyjamon: saying IDK means you lack the skills to do you job, and thus shouldn't be working in that role anymore.

regardless of the fact you weren't included on the email forwarded to everyone else.

or being asked by a dean how students being able to meet with their instructors during office hours ties into student success.

/can you tell someone had an annual evaluation today?


You have my sympathies.
 
2020-05-07 9:05:50 PM  
November 1984. Having worked in radar for all of one month, and knowing as much about multi-target tracking as basically everyone reading these words, I had to present a two hour design review for a redesigned F-15 Track While Scan mode for my supervisor, who'd called in sick. I must have said, "I don't know; I'll take an action item** and get back to you" at least a dozen times.

My reputation instantly changed from "some new guy" to "that honest guy," which at the time was valued.

// **Note, however, that taking an Action Item was a formal obligation to substantively answer the question, not just a means to dodge a question while speaking.
 
2020-05-07 9:06:31 PM  
Maybe because most leaders tend to be married, and that answer never tends to lean towards anything good?
 
2020-05-07 9:14:28 PM  
We would need a good leader to find out .. We got stuck with Trump ..
 
2020-05-07 9:17:18 PM  

mikalmd: We would need a good leader to find out .. We got stuck with Trump ..


Oh come on.  I'm sure he doesn't think he knows everything.

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2020-05-07 9:21:32 PM  
I dislike it when people are referred to as "direct report". It is dehumanizing. Nothing says 'you are replaceable and/or interchangeable cogs' better than labeling people that way.
Next step is "Our Employees are our #1 Asset" because being an asset or a "resource" (as in Human Resources) is awesome. Never mind learning to say'I don't know' and try instead to treat people with dignity and respect.
 
2020-05-07 9:27:05 PM  

theteacher: I hate when my boss says, IDK.  Say, Let me find out, for god's sake.


That means, "Find out your farking self"
 
2020-05-07 9:34:31 PM  
I really hate it when people will not take "I don't know" for an answer.
When I honestly do not know then I honestly do not know.
I do not know way more than I know.
 
2020-05-07 9:36:59 PM  

Straight Outta Hate: I really hate it when people will not take "I don't know" for an answer.
When I honestly do not know then I honestly do not know.
I do not know way more than I know.


Are you sure?
 
2020-05-07 9:53:58 PM  
It's a hard thing to say, particularly for something in your field.

But that is what they look for, when you get your higher degree in a science. Your committee grills you until you either cry "uncle", or you bs.

If you bs, you don't get your sheepskin. I've seen it happen.
 
2020-05-07 9:59:36 PM  

Straight Outta Hate: I really hate it when people will not take "I don't know" for an answer.
When I honestly do not know then I honestly do not know.
I do not know way more than I know.


what if I ask the same question for the 49th time, just in a different order of words this time?
 
2020-05-07 10:23:56 PM  
Third Base!

/Wait, I think I missed the question.
 
2020-05-07 10:31:33 PM  
I remember some advice given me as a young military officer: admit you don't know.  The troops may laugh thinking you're greener than green because you don't know what's what, but what the hell, they're not wrong. They'll teach you if they can.

Or you can strut around acting like you know what's what while the troops will still know you're greener than green, they just won't be laughing. You've been quickly identified as a potential problem that bears watching and they won't bother wasting time trying to teach you anything.
 
2020-05-07 11:05:41 PM  

MurphyMurphy: theteacher: I hate when my boss says, IDK.  Say, Let me find out, for god's sake.

If you aren't a pedantic pain the the butt that we all wish HR could shove out a window...

that's basically implied.


If his job is a  window washer do you shove him back in the window?
 
2020-05-07 11:24:43 PM  
It is not Good Leaders who need to learn humility. It is the really, really, really, really rotten fake leaders.

I mention no names but would you like to solve an anagram?

P R U M T.

Worst of all useless human beings. Nigaud, not to be confused with any other N-word.
 
2020-05-08 12:05:01 AM  
In my experience, I've almost always been the smartest person in the room, and sometimes my opinion was called upon to solve a problem.

In my second to last job, my role was resident wizard. I had the answers to EVERYTHING. And that's basically what I was paid to do. Ohh, someone diagnosed your computer as having a bad motherboard? Send it to the wizard! I could tell you down to the chip what was bad. And if I didn't know, I could wave my hands around and say "ohh it could be this or it could be that, but it's probably this."

I sense there is way too much of that hand waiving going on. With me, I trained with Rossman Group, so I actually know wtf I was talking about when it came to Apple products, and it trickles down a lot to PCs. There were limits, but I was in an entirely different tier from your average computer geek.

But rewind the tape a little more, and you would find a person whose position in this world was pinned down to knowing the ins and outs of the Bible, as far as fundamentalist ideology could take you. Ohh yes, I was an opinionated asshole and a fascist. I still did my hand waiving, but in the audience then there were less than a handful of supporters. But that didn't matter, only faith mattered.

And then I was introduced to the Long Term E. coil Experiment, and it literally changed my entire world view. Suddenly, I had a scientific study that had sound experimentation, and produced real results. I could either disregard it with more hand waiving and magical thinking, or I could align my worldview to its correctedness.

There was a long night of the soul involved, but in the end, I knew the science was correct. It was not only proven once, it was replayed again and again. I couldn't argue in good faith against it. (Bad faith and intellectual dishonesty are part and parcel to how right wing reactionaries "debate." Been there, done that.)

It was a truly humbling moment in my life, and turned me away from my fascist tendencies. My heart was softened, as it were. I couldn't turn inward to more beliefs, I saw evidence that I was not only wrong, I was 100% WRONG!

And I'm all the better for it. I don't like to admit I'm wrong still, because my life revolves around compiling and understanding factual knowledge like a living encyclopedia. But I still get it wrong.

I have to check myself often and weigh what I know and believe in the balance. All of TFA is good advice to anyone. It's okay to not know everything, even if it frightens you to your core. Sometimes we are wrong, and when we know it we need to rectify that with an apology and acknowledge the truth. It's as true for the common man as it is a politician and scientist. Thank $DIETY scientists are more wont to do so
 
2020-05-08 4:24:09 AM  

brantgoose: It is not Good Leaders who need to learn humility. It is the really, really, really, really rotten fake leaders.

I mention no names but would you like to solve an anagram?

P R U M T.

Worst of all useless human beings. Nigaud, not to be confused with any other N-word.


Not even "n'wah?"

/fetcher's ain't even shiat, yo
 
2020-05-08 9:05:22 AM  

Stibium: And then I was introduced to the Long Term E. coil Experiment, and it literally changed my entire world view. Suddenly, I had a scientific study that had sound experimentation, and produced real results. I could either disregard it with more hand waiving and magical thinking, or I could align my worldview to its correctedness.


That seems exceedingly unusual, from the perspective of someone familiar with Ebaugh.

Why didn't you react with the common "They're still Escherichia Coli Bacteria!" or the more refined "fitness improvements or even gains of protein function are not equivalent to a gain of novel information"? Had there been other things before that had introduced some slight doubts beforehand?
 
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