Leadership Nudge 98 – KNOW NOTHING DAY
Today’s Leadership Nudge is “Know Nothing Day!” One of the things that gets in the way of us releasing control is the idea that we know all the answers. As Leaders we are expected to know all the answers. The idea here is for you to take one day and create a mental space that you don’t know anything about your job.
Imagine that you have just transferred into this domain and you don’t know anything. You can’t give any orders and when you are asking questions you can’t actually ask leading questions. You have to ask questions from the perspective of curiosity, not from the oh, I am going to lead you to some answer that I think is right.
Practice this. Now, don’t have everyone in the organization do it the same day – that would be a mess! Let your people know ahead of time that you are going to have a know nothing day. Let them know that you are going to rely on them to come up with the answers and solutions. By doing this, you will realize how many times each day in an email, face-to-face, and in meetings that you are telling people what to do.
My leadership nudge to you this week is this:
Have a Know Nothing Day!
Let us know how it goes!
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