The Lesson of the “E”: Shift Your Perspective

“Argue like you’re right, listen like you’re wrong.” ~ Daniel Pink

 

Here in Portland, Maine, I help facilitate, along with my buddy Bill Pusey, a group of leaders who meet monthly to share the challenges and solutions of leadership that they confront in their roles. A while ago we met and discussed Dan Pink’s video, a short portion of a 2016 commencement speech he gave at Georgetown University. You can view the 3-minute video here.

 

Get Out of Your Own Head

Key points from Pink’s video:

  • Perspective Taking. It’s important to get out of your own head and see things from others’ points of view.

 

  • Context Matters: Losing the ability to see the world through another’s eyes diminishes your experience and expertise and minimizes potential.

 

  • Avoid Being the Smartest Person in the Room: Effective leaders balance power and perspective.

 

Over to You

  • Which way did you draw the E?
  • How do you balance power and perspective?
  • What works for you to see the world from others’ perspectives?
  • How do you get powerful people in your lives to shift their perspectives?

 

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