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Good Group Tips

In principle, groups make their best decisions when no single person knows what’s best for the group. “No one in this room is smarter than all of us,” is a popular phrase among some groups.

When I go into a meeting already sure of what the outcome should be, I am apt to focus on getting my way rather than on what’s best for the group as a whole. Knowing in advance how things should be closes off the potential of things being better than I can imagine.

Practical Tip: At the start of every meeting, say to yourself: “I don’t know what’s best for the group.” Begin with an open mind and remain open-minded as long as possible. Maximize the value of your contributions by giving up ownership of them. Release the need to take credit and the need to be a victim. Simply play your right-sized part as best you can and watch the group’s best unfold.

3 thoughts on “Humility

  1. A word that is so easily misinterpreted, but the single
    ingredient necessary to all good group process, and leadership success.

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