How To Be Right Often

From Some advice from Jeff Bezos:

During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”.

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

Notes:

  1. This has got to be one of the largest sinks of energy in organizations: convincing some people to change their minds, and putting up resistance to all sound reason and hard facts, because people think changing their stance will make them look stupid.

  2. Related: so many leaders and risk-takers are so enamoured by themselves that they can only attempt things on a grand scale instead of starting small, learning quickly, and being agile. This usually comes at the cost to the team and of the business opportunity.