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From Jason Fried’s blog here (minimally edited) pointed to by Wally Bock .

It’s Bezos expressing himself in Q&A session conducted years ago about people who are “right a lot” and those who aren’t

His observation about people who are “right a lot”:

Bezo Says

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.

The smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary.

And what trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

 

 

 

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Enjoyed receiving this strip below from my good friend and ex-colleague Rajanga Sivakumar:

Camel 1

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Camel 4

Moral of the story:

Camel 5

So right it is.

The trouble is a right place does not come by easily. Even if it does, it may not stay right for long.

How about righting the place where you are? Before giving up, I mean. Incidentally no company raps you on the knuckles when the results show up good on account the changes you bring in.

Today, it is important to understand changes don’t/need not always flow from the top. Every employee has an opportunity to be a change agent in some ways. Of course, it needs an empowering environment. Perfectly possible in many Indian companies with loosely drawn lines and roles than in MNC’s and their offshore units with rigorously templated jobs. May be that MNC’s don’t need righting since they’re right already? Though I doubt given the dynamics of IT business and the interesting possibilities thrown up almost everyday.

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