One of the biggest killers of business (and relationships) is the need to be right. Now, I know, this sounds strange, but what if you didn’t need to be right all the time? What if you could accept results that weren’t what you wanted and instead of going into beating yourself up, could learn from them and do differently next time?
Think about this, what if you stop correcting people and allowed them to be right? (Yes, even if you know they are wrong.) Most times it’s not life or death. Most times it’s a matter of opinion.
Being right all the time with your team kills innovation, stifles relationships and is very constrictive. What if you were to consider instead of correcting everyone? My famous words are, “Isn’t that fascinating.” I also use, “My that is interesting.” I was able to use it today when someone cut me off in traffic. Instead of getting mad at him, I said, actually out loud, “Isn’t that interesting.” I normally would have said something much more colorful.
So here is your practice for this week. Allow others to be right 80% of the time. This is a practice. If you do need to correct, ask it like a question instead of a statement. This will open up conversation and you can see where that person is coming from and you might learn something.
I’d love for you to try this out for one day and then let me know how it goes. It might feel foreign, it might be uncomfortable or it might be freeing. Share your experience below.