I consider myself to be a pretty smart guy. Perhaps that's a little conceited. But, one of the reasons I consider myself to be so smart is that I don't trust myself to always make the best decisions. Whenever I have to make an important decision, and I have the luxury of time, I bounce it off my right hand man. More often than not, he's eager and willing to disagree with me. Debating the issue with him sometimes opens my eyes to a point of view I might not have considered. I didn’t hire him to be my lackey; I hired him to compliment my skill set.
My second in command reminds me of myself a decade ago; excited about new techniques and technologies and anxious to apply them. I, however, have become the old codger I used to despise; always choosing the safe and established route and thinking very long term about decisions, trying to see the big picture. How boring I have become. But I have much greater responsibilities now. The success of my company and its products depend on me making the right choices.
I love being the man in charge. I thrive on the responsibility, and I’m confident in myself to make the right choices. However, I’m modest enough to realize that I don’t know everything. Listening to somebody that disagrees with me helps me to make a better informed decision. I don’t become defensive; I become a sponge. I soak it up. It’s not my goal to change the other person’s mind, so arguing with them is futile. My goal is to succeed, so I listen and consider their comments.
A prime example of my mentality is this very blog. I don't post these rants because I think I know everything and I think I’m doing you a favor by sharing my wealth of wisdom. I post my ideas and opinions here with the hope that somebody will disagree with me. Not only disagree, but make an intelligent rebuttal. Open my eyes. Show me the error of my ways. Prove me wrong.
Are you up for the challenge? If so, read my last few posts and speak your mind. I'm dying to hear your opinion. Enlighten me!