Sunday, September 02, 2007

Why are the people who know the least, the least likely to ask?

As someone who has spend all his career moving between line management and consulting, I have seen again and again, that the really capable individuals have the self confidence to admit when they do not know something. This means that they will ask for help and learn. No one knows what they do not know, but the smart people will recognize that there is a lot which they do not, and will check to find out. As both a participant and an observer, I have become fairly good at predicting which managers will fail, and which will succeed, simply based on their attitude to learning.

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