Be comfortable being wrong...Really?
Read a number of articles that related comments Jeff Bezos made about leaders and being right. When asked about what he is looking for in a leader he said, “I want people who are right most of the time….I want to see a track record of hard decisions that ended up being right.”
The interesting part is that this does not necessarily mean a leader never changes their mind. In fact, he goes on to say that this type of self-correcting behavior is positive, even encouraged, because the smartest people he has observed are often, “...revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.”
OK, so gather some initial data, be decisive and act. Then gather new data, openly embracing any challenge to your earlier decision and, if necessary...do a redo. The key is to get it right and sometimes that redo is the hardest/bravest decision you will make.
This is true in strategy, product management, people management, solution design and raising a family. It is about being open. I plan to share more examples of the payoff for putting yourself in a position to a leverage a redo.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Bernard Shaw
Can you quickly bring to mind a situation where you made the hard business decision for a redo and had it pay off? You should, you may be asked...