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?


A version of this post occurred in my newsletter last November. If you like this post, you can get my best work delivered to your inbox every other week. It’s free and I don’t share your information with anyone. Just click on this link and subscribe.

Image: Copyright: <a href=’′>tintin75 / 123RF Stock Photo</a>