It seems to me that most of us are happy to just be agreeable when it comes to our perspective about how the world works. As individuals we find some sense of mental peace knowing that we think like the rest of a group.
But I’ve always looked at things differently. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong. And when I am wrong, I’m never afraid to admit it. I forgive myself and accept it as a learning experience.
As Lionel Ritchie recently told a contestant on American Idol, “When you win, you win. When you lose, you learn.”
It’s one thing to allow yourself this flexibility, but as a Manager or Leader do you extend this same flexibility to your team’s innovative ideas? And, perhaps more importantly, if an idea fails, do you offer the same “forgiveness” for your team as you would for yourself?